Today’s American Minute

By Bill Federer

A member of the Continental Congress, he not only led military expeditions during the Revolutionary War, but paid for them out of his own pocket. He built ships with which to raid the British, signed the Constitution and was the first president pro tem of the Senate. His name was John Langdon, and he died this day, Sept. 18, 1819. As governor of New Hampshire, John Langdon proclaimed: “It … becomes our … Duty, not only to acknowledge, in general with the rest of Mankind, our dependence on the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, but as a People peculiarly favoured, to testify our Gratitude to the Author of all our Mercies.”