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Liberty Bell Fun Facts

Posted by admin on July 8 in Today in History |

On July 8, 1776, a bell could be heard tolling from the tower high above the Pennsylvania State House (a.k.a. Independence Hall). It was the Liberty Bell summoning everyone within earshot to the hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. The Liberty Bell was simply following its own advice, inscribed on its large body:

“PROCLAIM LIBERTY THROUGHOUT ALL THE LAND UNTO ALL THE INHABITANTS THEREOF.”

The 2,080 pound bell was used to announce important events. And every year, it was rung to celebrate George Washington’s birthday and Independence Day.

How the Liberty Bell got its famous crack has been debated for over a century. However, most officials will tell you that the bell fractured in 1835 while tolling for the funeral of Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court John Marshall. In 1846, the crack grew to its current size while ringing to celebrate Washington’s birthday.

 

Liberty Bell Fun Facts:

  • The bell was purchased by the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1751 for $225.
  • The bell had to be recast twice because of cracking early on.
  • The phrase ”Liberty Bell” was first used in 1835 in an anti-slavery publication.

 

Rumor Has It…

In 1828, the government of Philadelphia decided to rebuild the old, crumbling steeple of the State House, and commissioned a gentleman named John Wilbank to craft a new bell to join the clock at the top of the steeple.

At the time, there were two bells in the building; the Liberty Bell (demoted to the fourth floor) and a newer bell that had been put up just seven years prior. Wilbank’s contract stipulated that he take possession of these two bells. He happily brought down the newer bell, as it was valuable. The Liberty Bell, however, had been trouble since it was first cast in 1752 (it had to be recast twice). By his calculations, it would cost more to remove the bell than the $400 value placed on it by the city. So he left it there.

The city didn’t want the piece of junk. They actually sued Wilbank to force him to take the bell. The suit resulted in a compromise – he paid the court costs, and the city kept the bell “on loan.” As the country prospered, the Liberty Bell went on to become a treasured part of American history. And although Wilbank’s heirs have tried over the years to gain possession of it, none have succeeded.

 

Quote of the Day:
“Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.”  ~ Unknown

 

… what’s that ringing in my head?

Source: Liberty Bell Museum
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  • dakota sleep says:

    In1752, the white chapel foundry was the first location of the Liberty Bell. In 1753, the Liberty Bell was twice recast in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During the Revolutionary War, in 1775, the Liberty Bell was hidden for 222 years. The anti-slavery group who adapted its symbol of the cause created the name, The Liberty Bell, in the 19th century. On Washington’s Birthday the final expansion of the crack made the bell unringable. The bell weighed around 2080 pounds. On June 6, 1944, allied forces landed in France, the bells sound was broadcast to all parts of the country. Independence Hall was the Liberty Bell’s old home before 1976. About seventy percent of the bell was copper and about twenty-five percent of the bell was tin, there were traced amounts of lead, zinc, gold, arsenic, and silver. The Liberty Bell is a monuments identified with the American Revolution. The spelling on the bell Pennsylvania was as exception of “Pensylvania” in 18th century. The bell had arrived in Philadelphia on September 1, 1751. The bell wasn’t hung until two years later (March 10, 1753). In 1772 a petition was sent to the Assembly stating that the people in the vicinity of the State House. The Liberty Bell Pavilion was opened in 1976. On July 8, 1776, a bell could be heard tolling from the tower high above the Pennsylvania State House.

  • Kelly says:

    Thanks this really helped with a project that i am working in school of the Liberty bell.

  • McKennah says:

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  • nautica lee says:

    helped with this huge project i had to do with a 5 paragraph project that i have due just in two days thanks so much!!!!!!!!

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