Today’s American Minute

By Bill Federer

He helped write the Bill of Rights in the first session of Congress. He was a representative of Massachusetts and participated in ratification of the Constitution. He was offered the presidency of Harvard, but declined due to ill health. His name was Fisher Ames. In an article published this day, Sept. 20, 1789, in the Palladium magazine, Fisher Ames wrote: “We have a dangerous trend beginning to take place in our education … putting … books into the hands of children containing fables … [and] spending less time in the classroom on the Bible. … The Bible states the great moral lessons better than any other manmade book.”