(1758-1843) Revolutionary War Soldier, Educator, Statesman, Lexicographer, and Served nine terms in the Connecticut General Assembly, Served as a judge, and Author of “Webster’s Dictionary”.
“The religion which has introduced civil liberty is the religion of Christ and His Apostles…. This is genuine Christianity and to this we owe our free constitutions of government.”
“The moral principals and precepts contained in the Scriptures form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws. All miseries and evil men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising of precepts contained in the Bible.”
“Let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers just men who will rule in the fear of God… If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted… If our government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.”
“The most perfect maxims and examples for regulating your social conduct and domestic economy, as well as the best rules of morality and religion, are to be found in the Bible…. The moral principals and precepts found in the scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws. These principals and precepts have truth, immutable truth, for their foundation…. All the evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible…. For instruction then in social, religious and civil duties resort to the scriptures for the best precepts.”
“If corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded.”
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