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Who coined the name: 'United States of America'? Mystery might have intriguing answer.
Christian Science Monitor ^ | 07/05/2013 | By Byron DeLear

Posted on 07/05/2013 8:48:20 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Historians have long tried to pinpoint exactly when the name 'United States of America' was first used and by whom. A new find suggests the man might have been George Washington himself.

As if George Washington hasn’t been credited enough with laying the foundation stones of the American republic, a new discovery might put one more feather in his cap. Our leading Founding Father could have been author of the country's name.

The identity of who coined the name “United States of America” has eluded historians for years. Online sources vary greatly, erroneously crediting Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and others.

But a letter written by Washington’s aide-de-camp on Jan. 2, 1776, discovered this past Memorial Day, suggests that Washington might have been one of the first people – if not the first person – to utter the words "United States of America."

Previously, William Safire and a bevy of Oxford and American researchers essentially concluded in 1998 that Thomas Jefferson was the originator. Jefferson wrote “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” in the header of his “original Rough draught” of the Declaration of Independence sometime on or after June 11, 1776. Then last summer, the Monitor reported the discovery of an earlier citation in an anonymous essay appearing in the Virginia Gazette, dated April 6, 1776.

This latest find comes in a letter that Stephen Moylan, Esq., wrote to Col. Joseph Reed from the Continental Army Headquarters in Cambridge, Mass., during the Siege of Boston. The two men lived with Washington in Cambridge, with Reed serving as Washington’s favorite military secretary and Moylan fulfilling the role during Reed’s absence.

The letter touched on the colonies' desire to enlist Europe's help in their revolution – most likely in procuring much-needed armaments and gunpowder.

(Excerpt) Read more at csmonitor.com ...


TOPICS: History; Society
KEYWORDS: alexanderhamilton; benjaminfranklin; georgewashington; theframers; thegeneral; therevolution; thomaspaine; unitedstates; usa

1 posted on 07/05/2013 8:48:20 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Very interesting article. Didn’t Al Gore also take credit for this?


2 posted on 07/05/2013 8:53:06 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: SeekAndFind
Another thing, people used to say "the United States are a great country." I'd like to know when people started saying "is a great country" instead.
3 posted on 07/05/2013 8:56:53 PM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12----No king but Christ! Don't tread on me!)
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To: SeekAndFind
IIRC it was These United States of America, not The

But somewhere in there we went from a federal government to a national one.

4 posted on 07/05/2013 8:59:42 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: SeekAndFind

No matter what happens or the history of the United States there is no doubt that the United States was God’s will and inspired by God by Godly men.


5 posted on 07/05/2013 9:00:15 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: SeekAndFind
Another thing that get's misunderstood is that many people think that the " United States " is the Federal government.... nope... nada... these United States of America first and foremost is " THE PEOPLE " that formed a government of the people , for the people and by the people.
The Bill of Rights and the Constitution was a covenant between God, the people, and at that time a legitimate government in what the Government can't do and had set limits in what it was allowed to do.... in the end ? it is the will of the people and the " consent " of the people that allowed the government to do anything.
6 posted on 07/05/2013 9:04:04 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: SeekAndFind

“United States”? Shouldn’t we change it to “Diversity States”?

Unity is the opposite of diversity, so it is obviously racist.


7 posted on 07/05/2013 9:06:33 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant
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To: SeekAndFind

Already posted, but maybe this time it won’t get hi-jack by a crazy!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3039239/posts


8 posted on 07/05/2013 9:10:04 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: UnwashedPeasant

The Diversified States of America.
E Unum Pluribus.
Now. Let’s all sing ‘You Can Go Your Own Way.’


9 posted on 07/05/2013 9:14:37 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s used once in the Declaration of Independence.


10 posted on 07/05/2013 9:24:22 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: SeekAndFind

bookmark


11 posted on 07/05/2013 9:26:02 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: TBP

RE: It’s used once in the Declaration of Independence.

Yes, that’s why many thought that Thomas Jefferson first coined it. Here is the key paragraph:

“We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”


12 posted on 07/05/2013 9:27:29 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Pharmboy

thanks SeekAndFind, additional:

Who coined ‘United States of America’? Mystery might have intriguing answer
The Christian Science Monitor via YahooNews | 7/4/13 | Ron DeLear
Posted on 07/04/2013 4:41:48 PM PDT by Kartographer
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3039239/posts


13 posted on 07/05/2013 9:33:32 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: American Constitutionalist
Unless I begin a sentence, I dson't capitalize 'the' nor 'united'

It looks so ... corporate-ish

the united (one and we are) States

the united States of America. .. I think is most proper.

14 posted on 07/05/2013 9:42:02 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof, but they're true.)
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To: American Constitutionalist

and like Sodom and other places and peoples that have turned from God America will be allowed to fail. The sand is about gone from our hourglass. We have allowed the wicked to lead us.

There has always been an awakening from secularism. It usually only happens when men understand that the misery they live is because of bad decisions they have made that turn them from a Godly path.

One day the Rapture will come. It doesn’t really matter when it does though since for everyone it will come and it comes for millions each day of course when they breathe their last breath. Then, there are no more chances for repentance and growth. Trying to understand or predict the times of the Rapture is just too big for our little minds, we will fail in trying. He tries to tell us that. How we live each day is much more important.

Many years ago, when my Son was just a child, we were up at the barn working. It was a beautiful day and we were quiet but enjoying the day together. He asked why people are so mean to each other. I thought and answered the way my Dad answered me, “They have ignored God’s instructions.” A long time passed and he said, “I guess if we didn’t have a Bible we would have to write one for men to live together peacefully.” I believe we would but fortunately, we don’t need to write one, we just have to follow the one we have.

The closer I follow my Bible the better my life goes. I’ve tried the other way, it doesn’t work out very well at all.


15 posted on 07/05/2013 9:50:25 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd; All
Another thing, people used to say "the United States are a great country." I'd like to know when people started saying "is a great country" instead.

Actually I recall the Ken Burn's classic "Civil War" documentary specifically covers that...as only during the Civil War was usage of "These United States" changed to "The United States."

A lot of bad, and good, things can be dated to that conflict.

16 posted on 07/05/2013 11:10:58 PM PDT by AnalogReigns (because the real world is not digital...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bull Pucky... I’d bet that the phrase had crossed many a lip long before the instances mentioned here. Likely it was spoken and heard if not thousands then most certainly hundreds of times prior.


17 posted on 07/05/2013 11:52:39 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.

Giving credit to George Washington works for me.


18 posted on 07/05/2013 11:58:50 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: knarf

RE: the united States of America. .. I think is most proper.

So, we should really be called the uSA?


19 posted on 07/06/2013 5:01:11 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: AnalogReigns

Actually, Ken was quoting Shelby Foote, a wonderful Civil War historian.

Shelby and Ken were both wrong, however.

Both terms were used since the Founding, sometimes in the same document.

“Are” was highly predominant initially, with “is” gradually gaining throughout the 19th century, by the end of which it was dominant.

The rate of increase in the use of “is” took a jump during our Civil War, but the biggest jump came during and after the War of 1812.


20 posted on 07/06/2013 5:11:14 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: SeekAndFind
Never thought it through, but .. I'd say USA would be OK

In text though, I think we are the united ... as joined together, States of America.

I read somewhere here in FR ... oh hell .. must'a been "98 or '99, a pretty interesting thread about the corporation of the (all caps) USA as opposed to the union of individual states .. uSA.That thread prompted another thread (or more) of the fringe and eagle on the top of the flag in a court room ... something about admiralty and all that.

Maybe THIS thread could pick up on some o'dat and refresh my failing memory.

And if there was anything TO those threads ... perhaps we should be informed ... eh?

21 posted on 07/06/2013 6:08:30 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof, but they're true.)
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To: Huskrrrr
Al Gore also finally set the record straight on the true meaning of the national motto E Pluribus Unum,
"We can build a collective civic space large enough for all our separate identities, that we can be e pluribus unum -- out of one, many."
(Source: January 1994. From a Milwaukee speech to the Institute of World Affairs as quoted in Investor's Business Daily, October 25, 1996.)
No controlling legal authority, no release of the second chakra, has succeeded in an attempt to reverse this inconvenient truth from one of the greatest minds and honest entrepreneurs of this or any age.
22 posted on 07/06/2013 7:00:16 AM PDT by Amagi (Buying "Green" means purchasing inferior quality at increased cost.)
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To: Amagi
... one of the greatest minds and honest entrepreneurs of this or any age.

Not to forget that Gore is also one of the most gracious and classy election losers of all time.

23 posted on 07/06/2013 7:12:59 AM PDT by Amagi (Buying "Green" means purchasing inferior quality at increased cost.)
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To: SeekAndFind

That also incorporates Richard Henry Lee’s resolution, word for word:

“That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved.”

And two of the Declaration’s four references to God are there.


24 posted on 07/06/2013 9:24:32 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd
Another thing, people used to say "the United States are a great country." I'd like to know when people started saying "is a great country" instead

Essentially, after the War Between the States. Before then, the Union was considered a union of sovereign states. The United States of America, essentially, is a creation of those states.

After the Union victory in the war, the verbiage changed due to a more centralized sense of being one Union, rather than several sovereign states in voluntary federation. Mr. Lincoln's legacy.

25 posted on 07/06/2013 9:27:27 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Kartographer

No hi-jacked again.


26 posted on 07/06/2013 11:02:00 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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