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A Founding U.S. Presidential Library
April 18, 2005
by: Stanley L. Klos

 

 

Since 1997 our family has been acquiring and exhibiting Presidential manuscripts, documents and letters of the U.S. Confederation Period in hopes of rekindling a national awakening of these Forgotten Founders. In 2003 we established a pilot Confederation Presidential Museum and Library at the Skibo Centre in Carnegie, Pennsylvania.

 

In that same year, unbeknownst to me, the Norwich Historical Society was in the process of restoring the tomb of the Samuel and Martha Huntington.  In their research on the Huntingtons the Society stumbled upon our website SamuelHuntington.org where the biography made the  case that "Samuel Huntington became the first President of the United States of America in Congress Assembled serving under the Articles of Confederation, the 1st U.S. Constitution, in 1781, eight years before George Washington."  After careful analysis of the site by Connecticut's offices of  Governor, Representative Rob Simmons and U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd  the decision was made to entombed Samuel Huntington into the newly restored vault as the 1st President of the United States with full military honors.   I was given given the distinct honor to keynote the entombment  on Tuesday, November 24, 2003.

 

In February 2004 I was asked to return to Norwich and address the Community explaining that ten U.S. Presidents actually did serve under the Articles of Confederation before George Washington. It was during that period, December 2004 and January 2005, that I decided to rush to print my initial book of the confederation period entitled President Who? Forgotten Founders. During that February lecture I was introduced to the historic venue of President Huntington’s Norwich Home and Law office.  The historic integrity of the building was intact and, to my amazement, the home was being utilized to provide health care benefits to people who could not afford coverage for their families. A proposal was made to purchase the home, office and grounds at double the appraised value to partially utilize the complex as a Confederation Presidential Museum and Library honoring the Forgotten Presidents. The offer was respectfully declined.

 

Bill Stanley, the President of the Norwich Historical Society, urged me not to give up hope on locating the Presidential Museum in Norwich.  I explained that we were looking at several other sites in Pennsylvania and Virginia intending to move very quickly.  Despite this, I agreed to keep an open mind should the Huntington Complex ever become available. 

 

In July 2004 we contracted a 27,000 square foot building in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to establish a permanent museum honoring the Confederation Presidents.  This site was chosen for several reasons:

  • Two U.S. Confederation Presidents were Governors from Pennsylvania and one was a Prothonotary of Western Pennsylvania.

  • It was the Articles of Confederation that formed the "Perpetual Union" of the United States with slavery as the glaring birth defect.  This ultimately led to the Civil War and this founding story was not being told within the Gettysburg National Military Park Venue.

  • Gettysburg currently attracts over 2 million tourists a year interested in U.S. History.

  • Abraham Lincoln, in his Gettysburg Address, reached deeply into the ethos of the Confederation Founding seeking to justify the Perpetual Union's preservation, opening  "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal ..." 

Frankly, we viewed this location as an ideal venue to honor the Forgotten U.S. Presidents and the  Confederation Period.  A formal presentation was made, in early December 2004, before Gettysburg Borough Council. The plan was overwhelming embraced by Gettysburg Borough Council and two of the three Adams County Commissioners.  On December 22, 2004 our corporation acquired the building.

 

In early January 2005 the President of the Norwich Historical Society, Bill Stanley, contacted us to seeking our support in  permanently  establishing a U.S. Confederation Presidential Library in Samuel Huntington’s Norwich home.  Mr. Stanley claimed to have the financial backing of the Mohegan Tribe with Connecticut State elected officials soon to follow. This request took me by surprise but after careful consideration, I agreed to shelve the Gettysburg Museum for the following reasons.

 

  1. Samuel Huntington was the 1st President of the “Perpetual Union” of the United States and his homestead in Norwich, as well as his birth home in Scotland Connecticut, provide splendid venues that lend undeniable historic creditability to the Confederation Presidential Library founding.
  2. Native American relations during the Confederation period were second only to conducting the Revolutionary War. The Mohegan Tribe’s interest in financially seeding the Norwich Presidential Museum is a resource that will insure the proper interpretation of Native American Affairs during this crucial period in American History.
  3. The current use of Samuel Huntington’s home for United Community & Family Services is a noble mission that will be broadcast far and wide with the establishment of the Presidential Library at their historic site.
  4. The willingness of the founding committee to establish a Foundation Board of Directors comprised, in part, of gubernatorial appointments from the U.S. Confederation Presidents’ home States will insure competent and balanced representation of all the Presidential Founders.

 

We agreed to help in this mission and I turned over my Presidents of the Confederation Foundation Strategic Plan to the Norwich, Historical Society of Connecticut on January 18th, 2005.  Today, April 18, 2005, Bill Stanley and his supporters are announcing, in Norwich, their plans to restore the Samuel Huntington Complex, build a Visitor's Center and create a Presidential Library honoring the ten U.S. Presidents who served under the 1st Federal Constitution. 

 

I urge all my readers and website browsers to  download the Brochure  (http://www.estoric.com/NorwichBrochure.pdf) that is available for distribution in PDF format.  Please feel free to utilize the brochure to promote the Confederation Presidential Library and pass this email on to your friends.    Bill Stanley is also asking for letters of support to be emailed to the Norwich Bulletin.

 

(http://www.norwichbulletin.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=CUSTOMERSERVICE03)

 

Today is truly a great day for America as important as the current U.S. Constitution may be, it lacks the soul of the Confederation Founding.  The time has finally come to re-introduce America to its Founding Spirit of Independence and the men who led the fledgling nation. This period has been veiled all too long under the current Constitution of 1787.

 

With kind personal regards I remain your most humble and obedient servant,

 

 

Stanley L. Klos

 

 

CONFEDERATION Presidents
of the
United States of America

Samuel Huntington (CT)
1st President of the United States
in Congress Assembled
March 1, 1781 to July 6, 1781  

Thomas McKean (DE)
2nd President of the United States
 in Congress Assembled
July 10, 1781 to November 5, 1781  

John Hanson (MD)
3rd President of the United States
in Congress Assembled
November 5, 1781 to November 4, 1782  

Elias Boudinot (NJ)
4th President of the United States
in Congress Assembled
November 4, 1782 to November 3, 1783  

Thomas Mifflin (PA)
5th President of the United States
in Congress Assembled
November 3, 1783 to June 3, 1784  

Richard Henry Lee (VA)
6th President of the United States
in Congress Assembled
November 30, 1784 to November 23, 1785  

John Hancock (MA)
7th President of the United States
 in Congress Assembled
November 23, 1785 to June 6, 1786  

Nathaniel Gorham (MA)
8th President of the United States
 in Congress Assembled
 June 1786 - November 13, 1786
 

Arthur St. Clair (PA)
9th President of the United States
in Congress Assembled
February 2, 1787 to October 29, 1787  

Cyrus Griffin (VA)
10th President of the United States
in Congress Assembled
January 22, 1788 to March 4, 1789  

 

 


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