CHAPTER 381

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, just one hundred sixty-nine years ago today, December 7, 1787, a special constitutional convention in Dover first ratified the Constitution of the United States, and some nine months later enough states had ratified to assure its adoption; and

WHEREAS, as we mark Delaware Day it is fitting that we take notice of Alexander Hamilton, who, at the age of 30, was recognized as one of the principal architects and leaders of the movement for "a more perfect union" among the states; and

WHEREAS, five years earlier Hamilton's imagination had shown him the noble and magnificent prospect of a great Federal Republic, closely linked in the pursuit of common interests, tranquil and prosperous at home and respected abroad; and

WHEREAS, Alexander Hamilton served his country well throughout his life as soldier, secretary to George Washington in the Continental Congress and in many other capacities including the position of first secretary of the Treasury; and

WHEREAS, the opportunity has now come to our generation to demonstrate our gratitude to Alexander Hamilton by a fitting observance of the two hundredth anniversary of his birth; now

THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby call upon our citizens to observe the year commencing January 11, 1957, as the

ALEXANDER HAMILTON BICENTENNIAL

to the young nation in our schools and by special events to be planned by various civic organizations.

Let us also mark January 11, 1957, anniversary of Alexander Hamilton's birth, by displaying the flags of our Nation and State in tribute to an outstanding servant of the American people.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed at Dover this Sixth day of December in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and fifty-six and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eighty-first.

(GREAT SEAL)

J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor

JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State