Naval hero was once called a 'pirate'

by Bill Federer -- "I have not yet begun to fight!" shouted John Paul Jones when the captain of the 50-gun British frigate HMS Serapis taunted him to surrender. Their ships were more…

The Founding Father you never heard of

by Bill Federer -- John Langdon was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1741 and grew up as a member of the North Congregational Church, where his distant relative, future Harvard President more…

Was America's formation a miracle?

by Bill Federer -- "Done...the seventeenth day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven." This is the last line of the U.S. Constitution. Signer more…

Best government: Top-down or bottom-up?

by Bill Federer -- Sept. 16, 1620, according to the Gregorian Calendar, 102 passengers set sail on the Pilgrims' ship, Mayflower, with the blessings of their separatist pastor, John Robinson. Their 66-day more…

William Taft: Big president, big ideas

by Bill Federer -- He was the only U.S. president to be appointed Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. His name was William Howard Taft, born Sept. 15, 1857. After the more…

Harvard University's departure from original goal

by Bill Federer -- John Harvard's grandfather lived in Stratford-upon-Avon and was an associate of Shakespeare's father. Harvard's father was a butcher and tavern owner. Most of his family died when a more…