Who Rang the Liberty Bell

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WHO FIRST RANG OLD LIBERTY BELL? HISTORY IS SILENT TRADITION HAS MANY VERSIONS Philadelphia, Fa,, July 8."The myptery of the old bell rinser is the most fascinating of the myths which ha-e besn revived by the trip of the-Liberty Bell to San Francisco. Who was the old man who rang the bell when it first pealed forfh In celebration of the Declaration of Independence? It is conceded that, the story of the boy dashing into the street. cn July 4th, 1776, calling to the old caretaker in the belfry, "Ring, ring! They've signed it!" is fiction pure and simple, Wilfred Jordan, custodian of the museum in Independence Hall, and an authority on the history of the, Liberty Bell, declares there is no record of such an event. The first authenticated ringing, after the signing of the Declaration of Independence was on July 8, when it called the citizens of Philadelphia together to hear the document read, , "Andrew McNatr, doorkeeper at the time, may have been the first bell ringer, but this has not been established," says Custodian Jordan. A story for which history will not vouch is that when the news of the surrender of Cornwallla reached Philadelphia, "the old bell ringer died of joy." . The history of the Philadelphia Pine street ' churrt jtaJnsJhL. riame pf "William Hurryrbettman of the old state house." And on the. ancient stone in the graveyard where Hurry lies burled are the words "who departed this life October 22, 1781." That day the news of the surrender of Cornwallis reached Philadelphia. .Was William Hurry really the old bell ringer who rang in the new year of American freedom on the day that the Declaration of Independence was approved, and did he really die of Joy on hearing that the long war with England was over at last? if he, a

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  1. Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, The Evening News,
  2. 08 Jul 1915, Thu,
  3. Page 6

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