Letter from the 'last' signer of the Declaration of Independence reveals pearls of wisdom

Thomas McKean was an American lawyer and politician who is regarded as the last signer of the Declaration of Independence.

At the age of 82, McKean penned a letter to his grandson, who had just become a new father. In the letter, he shared some tender counsel about the principles he found in his many years of life that led to his success.

Here's what he had to say:

Dear Sir:
I sit down to acknowledge the receipt of the agreeable intelligence of the birth of your son, and my first and only great grandchild. Sickness, death and many other untoward circumstances have hitherto delayed it.

May your son be a comfort and an honor to his parents and a blessing and ornament to his country. Give him learning, and a pious education; the rest will greatly depend upon his own industry and good conduct under the favor of God. The way the twig is bent, the tree will be inclined. Eighty-two years, and all the knowledge they have brought with them, have taught me to place confidence in these sentiments.

Please kiss the little gentleman for me and give him my blessing, and may the Father of all bless him. Give my love to Mary Ann, and my respects to all enquiring friends. May you all lie as happy as I wish you.

Vive vale.
Thomas McKean

A letter penned by Thomas McKean from the Mercury One historical collection.Photo courtesy of Mercury One

In 1776, Thomas McKean was one of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence; and although this is a large feat, his career ran much deeper than that one event. McKean received his law degree at the age of 21 and was appointed to his first political office in 1756 as the Deputy Attorney General for Sussex County in Pennsylvania. In October 1762, he was elected to the Delaware Assembly where he served until 1779. He was also a member of Congress from 1774 to 1783. During his time in Congress, he saved Benjamin Franklin from removal as American representative to France, signed the Articles of Confederation, held the Chief Justice of Pennsylvania position for 22 years and briefly served as the President of Congress in 1781.

During the Pennsylvania constitutional convention in 1789, McKean played an important role in the creation of a new, more conservative state constitution for Pennsylvania. Clearly a popular move, he was elected the second governor of Pennsylvania one year later, representing the Federalist Party. Political enemies tried to impeach him, but were unable to prove any wrong-doing on his part. He retired in 1812 after being re-elected as a popular governor for nine years. McKean died at the age of 83 in 1817.

Former President John Adams described McKean as “one of the three men in the Continental Congress who appeared to me to see more clearly to the end of the business than any others in the body."

Recognition of McKean's growing stature in the colonies began in 1763 when he received an honorary MA degree from the College of Pennsylvania and in 1766, the governor of New Jersey admitted McKean to practice law in any of the New Jersey courts on the recommendation of the New Jersey Supreme Court. He was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1768, a distinguished intellectual society founded by Benjamin Franklin. He also later received honorary LLD degrees from Princeton, Dartmouth and Pennsylvania.

McKean is an exemplary example of how far political engagement can be carried by one man. One can hardly believe the number of simultaneous offices and duties this man performed during his career. He served three states, often performing duties in two or more jurisdictions, even while actively in federal office.

Sources: ushistory.org and American National Biography Online

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Bill O'Reilly joined "The Glenn Beck Program" Friday to discuss a recent House Homeland Security Committee briefing on the impact of the 9/11 terror attacks, during which "national security experts" claimed "right-wing" groups pose a greater threat to the United States than groups like the Taliban or Al-Qaeda.

Glenn played two video clips from the briefing that showed Senior Fellow Brookings Institute Center for Middle East Policy, Daniel Byman, and former National Intelligence Council Chair during the Obama administration, Christopher Kojm, in apparent agreement that "right-wing extremists" are a bigger threat to Americans today than "jihadists."

"I'm someone who has written extensively on both jihadist groups, but also right-wing, white supremacist groups," Byman says in the first video clip. "And in my mind, there's no question that today in the United States, the right-wing and white supremacist violence is a much greater risk."

"I agree with your assessment and those of my colleagues who have spoken already, there's little doubt that the domestic terrorist threat from white nationalists and right-wing extremist groups is greater than the jihadist threat today," Kojm states in the second clip.

"Who are those idiots?" O'Reilly exclaimed. "It's just unbelievable ... they're not even in the same universe. Yeah, there are bad neo-Nazi Americans running around, yeah, but there are very few of them. I mean, the jihadists are causing death and destruction, death and destruction all over the world. Not just in the United States. These people are so blatantly irresponsible and ignorant, it's just staggering."

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The Biden administration was recently caught lying about the White House dog, Major, and his history of biting Secret Service agents, according to newly released emails.

On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn argued that, if the current administration is willing to lie about something so meaningless to the American people, what else are they willing to lie about? For instance, the State Department claims that there are only about 200 American citizens left in Afghanistan who want to be evacuated. But Glenn has heard very different reports from people on the ground. Is it safe to assume they're currently lying to us about all kinds of things — from the "new and improved" Taliban, to the number of Americans left behind in Afghanistan?

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Tonight on "Glenn TV," Glenn Beck outlines everything that led up to the chaos in Kabul in a blow-by-blow takedown that SHOULD lead to massive resignations within the Biden administration and top military brass. Americans died. Americans are – TO THIS DAY – still stranded, and it is ALL on President Joe Biden.

Glenn interviews The Nazarene Fund's Rudy Atallah who gives an update on the total rescue numbers and details the obstacles he's had to overcome with the State Department. He explains why he believes they are thwarting private sector rescue efforts and says the numbers of Americans begging to be rescued are in the thousands — not hundreds — and "will exceed any number that has come out of Jen Psaki's mouth." While The Nazarene Fund rescue efforts continue in a more perilous Afghanistan, Rudy reveals another terrifying obstacle: Chinese and Russians resources deployed to assist the Taliban in rounding up church leaders, women, journalists, and lawyers who put terrorists away.

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On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Pat Gray ripped into President Joe Biden's latest speech in which our commander in chief touted the Afghanistan withdrawal as an "extraordinary success" that was "designed to save American lives" — despite the loss of 13 of America's finest, our military equipment in the hands of our enemies, and scores of Americans and allies still trapped in Afghanistan.

"This was not a success by any stretch of the imagination and people need to be held accountable," Glenn asserted. "Because if this is allowed to stand, and these people are just allowed to continue on with no ramifications, you don't not want to see what our military will turn into. I am telling you now, we will become the darkest force ever, ever to walk the earth. With our technology, and our resources, with our fighting machines that soon can be run robotically, we will make the Nazis look like rookies ... this must not continue!"

Glenn then played a video clip from the speech in which President Biden claimed that the "Taliban has made public commitments, broadcast on television and radio across Afghanistan, on safe passage for anyone wanting to leave, including those who worked alongside Americans."

"Anyone who says, 'Oh, they're going to let them through their checkpoint,' doesn't know their ass from their elbow!" Glenn responded. "They have no idea what is going on, or they are lying. So, Mr. President, which one is it? Do you not really know what's going on? If so, the 25th Amendment should be invoked. If you do know what's going on, then you should be impeached for lying to the American people on such a grand scale, it's staggering!"

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