Commentary: Jonathan Mayhew Was America’s First Revolutionary Preacher-Patriot

by Gary M Galles   Ministers, “watchmen on…the wall of liberty,” according to Franklin Cole, editor of They Preached Liberty, were among America’s greatest revolutionary influences. The most influential was Boston Congregationalist minister Jonathan Mayhew (1720-1766). Declaration of Independence signer Robert Treat Paine called Mayhew America’s “Father of Civil and…

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