November 8th – Question

Who inspired the “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness” phrase that Thomas Jefferson included in the Declaration of Independence? 

A. Martin Luther
B. Benjamin Franklin
C. Marquis de LaFayette
D. John Locke
E. Jacob Duche

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Answer: D – John Locke, an English philosopher, wrote that phrase in his Two Treatises on Government, which Jefferson probably read while a student of Dr. William Small of Scotland who was teaching at the College of William and Mary. 

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