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Oath of Allegiance
National Museum of American History, Behring Center

Oath of Allegiance

Date: 1778
Catalog #: 73518M    Accession #: 286278
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 6" H x 8.35" W

Physical Description

Ink on paper.

Specific History

Oath of allegiance certificate for John Mathias, 1778.

General History

On 3 February 1778, Congress, having taken into consideration the report of the special committee appointed to devise effectual means to prevent persons disaffected to the interest of the United States from being employed in any of the important offices thereof, resolved, that every officer who held or should thereafter hold a commission or office from Congress, should subscribe the oath or affirmation of allegiance. These oaths or affirmations the commander-in-chief or any major or brigadier-general was authorized and directed to administer to all officers of the army or of any of the departments thereof.


Country: United States
States: Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia
War: War of American Independence
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