John Paul Jones at Constitutional Congress 1958 & 1987 #U536 / 2360
|July 19, 2012||Posted by Lars under 1950s, 1980s, Masonic, Naval, U.S. History|
John Paul Jones Masonic First Day Cover
“I have not yet begun to fight!” ~John Paul Jones (July 6, 1747 – July 18, 1792)
John Paul Jones, a Scottish sailor, rose through the ranks to
become known as the Father of the United States Navy. Jones sailed from
the Delaware River in 1776 aboard Alfred on the Continental Navy’s maiden cruise and gained international recognition as a naval fighter in the
Jones (born John Paul and later added ‘Jones’ once in America) moved to Philadelphia soon after arriving in North America to volunteer his services to the newly founded Continental Navy, precursor of the United States Navy. He later befriended fellow Freemason Benjamin Franklin and frequented the proceedings of the Continental Convention. John Paul Jones was a member of St. Bernard’s Lodge, No. 22, Kirkcudbright, Scotland.
This interesting First Day Cover contains the initial cancellation for the July 31, 1958 Benjamin Franklin 4 cent stamp and the September 17, 1987 cancellation of the 22 cent bicentennial U.S. Constitution stamp.