James McHenry

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James McHenry

James McHenry (November 16, 1753 – May 3, 1816) was a signer of the United States Constitution from Maryland and the namesake of Fort McHenry. He was a delegate to the Continental Congress from Maryland, and the third United States Secretary of War under the first and second presidents, George Washington and John Adams.

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  • "I consider this Negro [Benjamin Banneker] as fresh proof that the powers of the mind are disconnected with the colour of the skin or in other words, a striking contradiction to Mr. Hume's doctrine that "the Negroes are naturally inferior to the whites and unsusceptible of attainments in arts and sciences."" [1][2][3]
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