Firebrand Of The Revolution


The Federalist regime in Massachusetts was embarrassed about full burial honors for its political foe. The governor was absent; no subordinate dared risk a misstep, and the first suggestion was a modest cortege of school children. Aroused at this, friends rallied a fitting processional of state and town officials, dressed out with a muster of cadets. But eulogies delivered in the Massachusetts House were whittled down for public consumption. In Congress no member from Sam’s state rose to memorialize him. It fell to Virginia’s John Randolph of Roanoke to remind the House that a great patriot had died. With these small honors “The Father of the Revolution” went to his last sleep in the soil of a free and independent America.