Francis Hopkinson

It was an age of unusually gifted men who, in another time, would have been the progenitors of an English-speaking Renaissance. Francis Hopkinson ranks alongside Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson as a brilliant and multi-talented artist, musician, inventor, wit, and political satirist. His position as a lawyer and a judge, a churchman and a family man, and then as member of the Continental Congress gave opportunity for the flourishing of his talents. Like many of his colleagues, he possessed a significant library, which, as was customary in those times, was looted and wrecked by the Hessians.