"I have alternately been called an Aristocrat and a Democrat. I am neither. I am a Christocrat."
Here are some facts on Dr Benjamin Rush that many may not be aware because our American Godly heritage is no longer being taught in modern education.
- January 4, 1746 – April 19, 1813
- Graduated Princeton at age 14
- Along with Benjamin Franklin they established the first abolitionist group just before the Revolutionary War
- Member of the Sons of Liberty
- Signed Declaration of Independence in 1776
Served as Surgeon General in the Continental army
- Dr Rush's order "Directions for preserving the health of soldiers" became one of the foundations of preventative military medicine and was repeatedly republished, including as late as 1908
- Member of the Continental Congress
- "Father of Public Education under the Constitution"
- First to propose nationwide public schools
- Wrote many of the early textbooks used in American Education
- 1791 wrote "A Defense of the Use of the Bible in Schools"
- Promoted Black American education
- Promoted te first all women schools for education
- "Father of American Medicine"
"Father of American Psychiatry"
- One of the first people to describe Savant Syndrome and In 1789 he described the abilities of Thomas Fuller, a lightning calculator
- Pioneered the therapeutic approach to addiction, especially alcohol
- A pioneer of occupational therapy particularly as it pertains to the institutionalized
- University professor
- Founded five colleges, which three still exist today in PA
- Introduced the first stereotype mass printing of the bible
- 1791 founded "The First Day Society" which became our Sunday Schools
- Founded the first American Bible society, "The Bible Society of Philadelphia"
- Helped Reverend Richard Allen found the African Methodist Episcopal Church
- Helped reconcile the friendship of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams by encouraging the two former presidents to resume writing to each other