Dr. Benjamin Rush, a prominent physician and statesman, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. He was appointed by President John Adams to be Treasurer of the U.S. Mint. Rush served as vice president of America’s first Bible society and was a leading advocate for use of the Bible in public schools. In a tract widely distributed in 1830, titled A Defence of the Use of the Bible in Schools, he wrote that he preferred the Bible as a schoolbook because “the Bible contains more knowledge necessary to man in his present state than any other book in the world.” After his death in 1813, Benjamin Rush became known as the father of American medicine and one of the most notable men in America!
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