We did not listen! Benjamin Rush (January 4, 1746 – April 19, 1813) was a Founding Father of the United States. Rush lived in the state of Pennsylvania and was a physician, writer, educator, humanitarian, as well as the founder of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
The “Tranquillizing Chair” was created by Dr. Benjamin Rush as a more humane alternative to the straightjacket. Rush was one of the few to recognize that mental illness could be diagnosed, classified, & treated, & was not the result of “possession” by demons. He helped upgrade patient conditions & advocated occupational therapy, encouraging patients to sew, garden, listen to music or exercise.
Benjamin Rush - Rush was active in the Sons of Liberty and was elected to attend the provincial conference to send delegates to the Continental Congress. Thomas Paine consulted Rush when writing the profoundly influential pro-independence pamphlet Common Sense. Rush represented Pennsylvania and signed the Declaration of Independence. He also represented Philadelphia at Pennsylvania's own Constitutional Convention, and got into trouble when he criticized the new Pennsylvania Constitution of…
Th e Oklahoma Land Rush - A gunshot fired. A cannon roared. Horses startled and wagons sprang to life. On April 22, 1889, settlers flooded into the region of central Oklahoma known as the Unassigned Lands. President Benjamin Harrison signed a proclamation on March 23, 1889, opening the land and people came from across the country to claim it. According to the Homestead Act of 1862, if a settler could stay on the land he claimed for five years and improve it, it would be his free and clear.