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He was sentenced to be a galley slave on a French ship, but after several grueling years he escaped and came back to Scotland to preach. He confronted Mary, Queen of Scots, and so convincingly evangelized that by year 1560 the Scottish Parliament established Presbyterianism as the national faith. His name was John Knox, and he died this day, Nov. 24, 1572. One of his descendants was the Rev. John Witherspoon, who signed the Declaration of Independence and was president of Princeton, teaching many of America’s founders, including James Madison. John Knox stated: “A man with God is always in the majority.”

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