Happy 280th birthday to one of Who2’s favorite American heroes: Hard-riding Caesar Rodney.
In July of 1776, with the Continental Congress wavering on the vote for freedom from Britain, Rodney made a heroic 80-mile horseback dash to Philadelphia to cast Delaware’s vote and help win the day for independence.
Rodney suffered from a rather hideous facial cancer, which he concealed behind a silk scarf or screen. (See our loop Facially Challenged for details.) Plus he had asthma, making his fortitude all the more impressive.
Rodney was made a general in the Delaware militia and then passed away in 1784 — the cancer got him at the last. But what a stud.
Happy birthday, General, wherever you are!