Rebecca Prescott Sherman – September 9, 1776

Experience the American dream with today’s Patriots of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.

It’s September 9, 1776. I’m in Hartford, Connecticut, with Mrs. Roger Sherman.

JG: “Mrs. Sherman, your husband helped work on the writings of the Declaration of Independence. What has life been like since the Fourth of July?”

RS: “Mr. Gillespie, they have targeted my family because my husband signed the Declaration of Independence. Well, tell King George his tyranny will not prevail in America.”

Rebecca Sherman’s patriotic passion so moved the people of Connecticut that she was asked to help make its first state flag.

“Rebecca was friends with Betsy Ross, who let her sew three of the stars on the original United States flag. Because of her success in this role, Rebecca was picked to create the first flag of Connecticut. (

John and Jan Gillespie are the founders of the Rawhide Boys’ Ranch; they have fostered 351 teenagers and wrote the book Our 351 Sons; they have also assisted numerous churches in developing youth programs and expanding their total church ministries. After running for U.S. Senate, John founded 1776 American Dream, which exists to demonstrate the vision of our founding fathers and help our generation of youth passionately embrace those values.

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