Man Who Rang the Liberty Bell

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Por many years all trace had been lost of tho bell ringer who obeyed the injunction lettered on the Stato Homo bell, Philadelphia, by. ringing It vigorously and "Proclaiming liberty throughout the land ana to the Inhabitants thereof." It was known to a few historians, In vague way, that his name -was William Hurry, and that be was a man well advanced In y«ars on that Immortal day when serving In the humble capacity of bell ringer, h* made his place In history. The familiar poem, so well known to all Americana, "The Liberty Bell Man," with, ita thrilling lino, "Ring, grandfather, ring," had surrounded Hurry with a legendary atmosphere that made many persons regard him as a sort of myth. Antiquarian* and historians had mado frequent searches for the body, to prove his reality, If nothing- more, but these ·were all in vain until recently the grave- 'yard of the old Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Fourth and Pin* streets, Philadelphia, was discovered to be the last resting place of the fmnoue revolutionary character. Credit for this important disclosure goea to Jacob Low, Bftiton of the church. Some time ago ho began compiling a census of the long dead denizens of the ancient burying place. In the process numerous facts of great hiatorlcaJ interest came to light, all connected with graves of revolutionary patriots or of famous men of the Eighteenth and early Nineteenth Centuries. It was not an easy task. Time's obllteratm* hand had effaced many of the mscrlpUona, and «ome of the utone, tumbling from their pedestals, had buried themselves in the aod, so that it required arduous work to mount them agam, Many famous revolutionary heroos were found ta th« old graveyard, including the first naTal officer of the United States, Nathan Boy*He was appointed before this country a navy, and: he fought on ?and for liberty before he took up n*val duty. Boys was a trustee of Old Pine Street Church. Among other noted patriots whose bones rest there are: Col. Thomas Craig, Capt- Isaao Craig, hero of Tcrktowm Cant. Alexander Brown, Col. Robert Knox, Lieut William Henry, Capt James Rosa, Cant John Marshall, LteuL Thomas MeCttrfoueh Capt. William McMullIn, Lieut. John Woodside, Lieut. CoL Paul Cox, Gen. John Steele Capt William Llnnard and Dr. William Shippen Jr. All of these men were members of the church. Tho tombstone of Mrs, Mary Nelson, who saved, during the revolution, a quantity of gunpowder from being destroyed at one of the Delaware forts, was found to be still In good condition, Side b , by side with the friends of freedom ·were found its foes, Including Gen. Tarleton of execrated memory, the British tyrant, whose cruelty in. the South caused endless misery. But the feature of the Investigation that brought moat delight to- the devoted searcher was tho finding of Hurry's grava This Is located near the Pine street entrance Tho modest stone that commemorates the departed is about four feet high and includes also references to two other occupants of the grave. When Ixmr came upon it, the grave and headstone wero sunk almost out of sight Only i-«o letters, * iV and "T" of the name of Hurry were visible. Ixnr*B curiosity was Immediately aroused, as he remembered the name or the man who proclaimed liberty and for wboe« grave earnest search had been made, and raising the stonft with careful precaadona against breaking it, ho cleared It of moss and mold, and was overjoyed to find that it marked tho sravo of the Liberty Bellman. An ersmmation of tbe storw gives some information as to Hntry. It shows that at the time be rang the bcJI he was a of 54 years. He was bom Oct 22, 1721 Harry's actJrlty in tbe cause of frftedom did not stop with the ringing of the old bell, now nent to tho original drafts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constltntlon of the United States the most prized reTle connected with the birth of the Nation. Ho volunteered far aervlco In tho Continental Army and nerved with distinction in a number of battles. His slfmaturo on rail for volunteers is stin fn rxssossioii of tho old chtirch. It !s a nomevhat pathetic ch-cmnatance that Hwny did not live to see tho complete trlumrJi of the Colonists over Great Britain. He died In 1781. two years before the surrender of Cornwallln irt Yorktown ended the war and established American freedom Tor all time, but his life extended far enough for him to sco that tho ultimata triumph of American arms was assured Since Its discovery tho grave has bocn'me a meccfl for the patriotic visiting Philadelphia from all over the United Sta'.OR Tt ims been knnt erwr-e£ with flowers "bv tho children of the neighborhood, and on future National holidays will bo the scene of mo- rnorial cTcrcfPCB by _ the^CoIonlnl to in the and 1 "It tho bo Is few that from been In and the along of wcro ences Boston .. a~i~^~ °"n~~' i'''i. " ivi *-"".ii'"i' 1'iuiirp, Bupportlm? gons of the Revolution, Daughters of tho KtnolnUon and other patriotic societies.-- " I Indebted for tno crcat measure oC oneo

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  1. The Galveston Daily News,
  2. 14 Jul 1905, Fri,
  3. Page 9

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