"In 1917 at age 49, Page wrote the American's Creed as a submission to a nationwide patriotic contest, the goal of which was to have a concise but complete statement of American political faith. Drawing on a wide variety of historical documents and speeches, including the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, and others, he crafted a simple yet profoundly moving expression of American patriotism.

"His submission was chosen above more than 3000 others. On April 3, 1918 it was accepted by the U.S. House of Representatives, on behalf of the American people. Today it also often comprises part of the Naturalization Ceremony for new Americans."

And more:

"In 1919 Page was elected Clerk of the House of Representatives, and later Emeritus Minority Clerk, a post he maintained for the remainder of his life. He was highly respected by members of both major parties throughout his service, as a principled gentleman whose patriotism was inspirational and whose love of America was unquestioned.

"Page died on October 19, 1942, after serving his country his entire adult life, humbly but always proudly. The House of Representatives adjourned the following day in his honor.

"For many years, Page had served as the President General of the United States Flag Association. The night before his death, he gave an address to the Daughters of the American Revolution on the Golden (50th) Anniversary of the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag. The last picture taken of him shows him with his hand over his heart, gazing at the symbol of the country he loved."


I wouldn't know this if I hadn't run across a scan I made two years ago of a calendar I bought an antique store. Seems the right day to pass it along.

Happy Fourth, everyone!



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