#6 “There is not a king in Europe that would not look like a valet de chambre by his side.” ~~Benjamin Rush, referring to George Washington, 1776
#5 “The colonists are by the law of nature free born, as indeed all men are, white or black.” ~~James Otis, Rights of the British Colonies, 1764
#4 “Now what liberty can there be where property is taken away without consent?” ~~Samuel Adams, The Rights of the Colonists, 1772
#3 “When liberty is the prize who would shun the warfare? Who would stoop to waste a coward thought on life?” ~~Joseph Warren, Letter to Patriots in Connecticut 1774
#2 “Give me liberty, or give me death!” ~~Patrick Henry in a speech to the Second Virginia Convention, 1775
#1 “There! His Majesty can now read my name without glasses. And he can double the reward on my head!” ~~John Hancock, after signing the Declaration of Independence, 1776
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