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The Founding Fathers who believed in extraterrestrials
« on: October 18, 2019, 08:04:32 AM »

by Corbin Black

A recent poll suggests that more than half of American adults and over 60 percent of young Americans believe in intelligent extraterrestrial life. About the same number believe in God, which may not be surprising given they share in common the belief in “nonhuman and supernatural intelligent beings that often descend from the sky.”

A belief in extraterrestrials seems to be on the rise, but this is not exactly new in America. Documented UFOs reports began in the 1600s with the Massachusetts Bay Colony and Puritan Governor John Winthrop. Of course, UFO reports by Native Americans took place for thousands of years before that.

Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin shared a belief in extraterrestrials and life on other planets.

Benjamin Franklin, in his Poor Richard’s Almanac, expounded on life on other worlds.

According to Salon:

    “Benjamin Franklin maintained that every star is a sun, and every sun nourishes a ‘chorus of worlds’ just like ours.”

Thomas Jefferson gave a now-famous lecture about a UFO sighting by William Dunbar of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on April 5, 1800. The luminous UFO was the size of a house and rapidly flew over and crashed as spectators watched.

According to Jefferson’s account:
I know exactly what you mean. Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here because you know something. What you know you can’t explain, but you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life, that there’s something wrong with the world.
You don’t know what it is but its there, like a splinter in your mind


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