Samuel Langdon Quotes

Can the amazing national debt be paid by a little trifling sum squeezed from year to year out of America?.... Would it not be much superior wisdom, and sounder policy, for a distressed kingdom to retrench the vast unnecessary expenses continually incurred by its enormous vices?

In 1775 England had amassed a large national debt and was looking to the American colonies as one source of revenue for debt reduction.

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  • Born: January 12, 1723
  • Died: November 29, 1797
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Samuel Langdon was an American Congregational clergyman and educator. After serving as pastor in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, he was appointed president of Harvard University in 1774. He held that post until 1780.

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