Happy Birthday Ethan Allen!

Ethan Allen, one of the founders of Vermont and Revolutionary War hero, was born today January 21, 1738 in Litchfield, Connecticut. 

This statue of Ethan Allen was given to the National Statuary Hall Collection by Vermont in 1876.  Source: Architect of the Capitol 

As a folk hero, he is best known as a founder of the Green Mountain Boys and for their capture of Fort Ticonderoga from the British. In his later life, some accuse Ethan Allen of treason because he 'tried' to reunite Vermont with the British Empire, after Vermont was rebuffed its initial efforts to become a state. He died in 1789, two years before Vermont joined the United States.

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