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June 23, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Daily Photo: Independence Hall in Philadelphia

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In an earlier post, I recapped our terrific visit to Philadelphia over Memorial Day Weekend. The highlight of our trip was a visit to Independence Hall, birthplace of the US Constitution.

The room depicted in this photo is the very place where the Constitutional Convention debated the new government for many months over the summer of 1787. The chair centered in this photo was occupied by the president of the Constitutional Convention, George Washington. The chair is famously inscribed with an image of a sun. Benjamin Franklin remarked during the lengthy debates that he wasn't sure if the sun was rising or setting, a metaphor for the contentious level of the debates.

By the time the Constitution was adopted, he commented that he was confident that the sun was rising, and that the future of the new republic would be long and brilliant. Very prescient, and I suppose yet another reason to admire Ben Franklin.

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