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October 15, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(16):935-938. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450160057008

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A recent article in a magazine has claimed that the vast majority of the cultured people of what are now the United States were opposed to the movement for independence from Great Britain. It is difficult to see on what data this claim is based, since a fair estimate of the position of people of culture can be formed from their number in the Congress which drew up the Declaration of Independence. A decided majority of the signers not only had what would now be a high school education, including Greek and Latin, but several were prominent in the science and literature of the time. Many graduates of universities were elected to and took part in the formation of the Declaration of Independence. Five were physicians, not only prominent in public affairs but in science and general literature as well. Drs. Josiah Bartlett, Matthew Thornton, Oliver Wolcott, Benjamin Rush, and

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