Do You Know?
Signature on the Declaration of Independence
Do You Know
Rush (January 4, 1746 [O.S. December 24, 1745] –
April 19, 1813) was a Founding Father of the United States?
Rush lived in the state of
Pennsylvania and was a physician, writer, educator, humanitarian
and a Universalist, as well as the founder of Dickinson College in
Rush was a signatory of the
Declaration of Independence and attended the Continental Congress.
He was also a staunch opponent of Gen.
George Washington and worked tirelessly to have him
removed as the Commander-In-Chief of the Continental Army.
Later in life, Rush became a
professor of medical theory and clinical practice at the
University of Pennsylvania.
Despite having a wide influence on the
development of American government, Rush is not
as widely known as many of his American contemporaries.
Rush was also an early
opponent of slavery and capital punishment.
Despite his great contributions to early
American society, Rush may be more famous today
as the man who, in 1812, helped reconcile the friendship of Thomas
Jefferson and John Adams by encouraging the two former Presidents
to resume writing to each other.