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17331808, Dec 31
a financier and official from Philadelphia who served as a militia officer in the American Revolutionary War. On July 8, 1776, he made the first public proclamation of the Declaration of Independence from the steps of the Pennsylvania State House. The same year, Nixon was promoted colonel and later served under George Washington at the Battle of Princeton. In 1776, he became a member of the Navy Board, and two years later was with Washington again at Valley Forge.
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07/08/1776-Liberty Bell rings to call citizens to hear John Nixon give the first public reading of Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia
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