by David Cardillo, DDNP Staff
According to The Middletown Transcript of July 1, 1916, there is an unknown hero in the history of our nation with regards to approval of the Declaration of Independence. As the story goes, delegates from the colonies had met in Philadelphia to vote on the Declaration of Independence and, if enough votes carried, to sign the document.
Initially, it seemed that the supporters of the Declaration would be one or two votes shy of an affirming vote…then they noticed that a delegate from Delaware was missing. This Delaware delegate, who was a sure supporter of the Declaration, was retrieved by an unnamed volunteer who broke speed records in the process.
The motion to accept the Declaration passed by a slim margin – one vote! – and the document was signed and sent to King George III.
Thank you, Delaware!