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THE FOUNDING FARMERS

Betsy Ross made the first flag of the United States of America out of the finest, strongest fiber available, hemp fabric.

"It is also said that the finest laces of the olden days were always made of hemp in preference to any other fiber".
- Herndon
George Washington is the most famous hemp farmer in U.S. history.

Washington said, "Make the most of hemp seed and sow it everywhere".

President Washington sets duties on Hemp to encourage domestic industry.
Benjamin Franklin started the first hemp paper mill. This allowed America to have its own free supply of paper, not imported from England, for the colonial press.
The U.S.S. Constitution, launched in 1797, was outfitted with 8 miles of running and 6.6 miles of standing rigging - 14.6 miles of hemp tarred cordage that carried Old Ironsides through 30 battles at sea without a defeat.
Thomas Jefferson was a hemp farmer.

Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth and prosperity of the nation.
-- Thomas Jefferson

Jefferson drafted the first and second draft of the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper.

Jefferson smuggled Chinese hemp seeds to America.

Jefferson urged farmers to grow hemp instead of tobacco.
Abraham Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation under the light from a lamp fueled by hemp oil.