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If the President Alone was Vested with the Power…

Roger Sherman

Roger Sherman

“If the president alone was vested with the power of appointing all officers, and was left to select a council for himself, he would be liable to be deceived by flatterers and pretenders to patriotism.” — Roger Sherman, to John Adams, 1789

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Not a Question of What Rights Naturally Belong to Man…

Roger Sherman

“The question is, not what rights naturally belong to man, but how they may be most equally and effectually guarded in society.” – Roger Sherman, (April 19, 1721 – July 23, 1793) was an early American lawyer and politician, as well as a Founding Father. He served as the first mayor of New Haven, Connecticut, and served on the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration of Independence, and was also a Representative and Senator in the new republic. He was the only person to sign all four great State papers of the United States: The Continental Association, The Declaration of Independence, The Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution. Thomas Jefferson said of him, “That is Mr. Sherman, of Connecticut, a man who never said a foolish think in his life.”

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