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Washington's Musical Admirer: Francis Hopkinson

by David Hildebrand, Ph.D., Colonial Music Institute

Unlike George Washington, Francis Hopkinson seems to have craved attention, enjoying both the public eye—and ear. From his days as a student at the College of Philadelphia through an impressive career as lawyer, statesman, judge, scientist, and inventor, Hopkinson often spoke publicly and wrote extensively. What few realize about him, though, is that he was intimately involved in shaping Americans' opinions before, during and after the Revolutionary War—through song lyrics.

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