Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick


Whereas Deborah Samson was born in Plympton, Massachusetts on December 17th, 1760 and was a trailblazer for equality for women both in the Commonwealth, and throughout the nation; and

Whereas A former school teacher, Deborah Samson enlisted in the Continental Army as Robert Shurtliff on May 23, 1782; and  

Whereas Despite General Cornwallis’ surrender in 1781, guerilla warfare continued and Deborah Samson and the Massachusetts Fourth fought many small battles in upstate New York; and

Whereas Samson was also selected to be one of the of soldiers who defended the newly formed Congress from soldiers who were upset they had not gotten paid and was honorably discharged on October 25th, 1783; and

Whereas Samson’s heroism and service was noted by the likes of Paul Revere and John Hancock and Samson became one of the first female lecturers as the American Heroine; and

Whereas Designated as the Official Heroine of the Commonwealth by Governor Michael Dukakis in 1983, it is fitting that we recognize Deborah Samson’s contribution to the history and legacy of the Commonwealth,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim May 23, 2013, to be,


And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this fourteenth day of May, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts