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Section A Week 44

Section A Week 44




Charles Thompson (1729-1824) was secretary of the Continental Congress in America for 15 years, and came up with the initial ideas for a Great Seal in 1782, as a symbol of unity for the new country. George Washington (1732-1799) became the first President of the United States of America in 1789. The 13th President, Millard Filmore (1800-1874) commissioned Edward Stabler (1794-1883) to engrave an official seal or coat of arms for the Presidency. In October, 1945 the 33rd President Harry Truman (1884-1972) adopted more symbolism for the coat of arms: 13 arrows, 13 clouds, and 13 leaves on the olive branch symbolize the original 13 colonies; 50 stars (later 52) for the current states; and most significantly, he changed the direction of the eagle's head so the eagle is looking toward peace rather than the arrows of war. Sealed History! 

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