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Henry Knox: Patriot–First Day Cover 1985 8c #1851

Henry Knox 1985 25 cents First Day Cover

Scott #1851 Masonic First Day Cover

Henry Knox: Patriot and Mason

Henry Knox, Mason and patriot, was a key figure in the American Revolutionary War and became the Secretary of War under fellow Brother President George Washington. This first day cover features the 8-cent stamp with Knox’s likeness along with a portrait by the American artist Gilbert Stuart, which resides in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This stamp was first issued July 25, 235 years after his birth.

Among his many military responsibilities Knox oversaw the construction of the U.S. Frigate Constitution. It was on the gun deck of the Constitution that the Major General Henry Knox Lodge of Boston, MA, was instituted on March 17, 1926, marking the 150th anniversary of the evacuation of Boston in 1776. The insert to this first day issue cover provides a summary of the significance of Knox to the Lodge:

Henry Knox - first day cover insert

Henry Knox – first day cover insert

Henry Knox was born and raised in Boston. Self-educated, he established a book store where he developed a keen interest in military history and operations. He also sought out local military leaders for lengthy discussions. He eventually befriended General George Washington and rose through the ranks to become the chief artillery officer in the Continental Army and later the second U.S. Secretary of War. Later in life he prospered in a series of businesses, including frontier real estate.

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