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The Story of the Liberty Tree
The Liberty Tree—featured in our logo—has a long and rich tradition that goes back to our nation’s founding.
“Appeal to Heaven” is one of the iconic slogans of the American Revolution. The phrase was first coined by the British philosopher John Locke who wrote in his Second Treatise on Civil Government:
“Where the body of the people, or any single man, is deprived of their right, or is under the exercise of a power without right, and have no appeal on earth, then they have a liberty to appeal to heaven, whenever they judge the cause of sufficient moment.”
The Revolutionists claimed this powerful statement for themselves and used the Tree Flag (below) as a symbol of resistance against tyranny. The slogan was displayed in October of 1775 on six war ships commissioned by George Washington, then the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army.
“Refreshing the Tree of Liberty”
In a letter in 1787, Thomas Jefferson wrote soberingly:
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
Jefferson’s phrase has contributed to the Liberty Tree as an enduring symbol of freedom.
The History of the Liberty Tree
August 14, 1765, the colonists in Boston carried out their first act of defiance against the British government. That act would set off a series of events that would go on to distinguish one particular elm tree as a picture of freedom.
On the previous night, a band of discontented merchants and artisans known as the “Loyal Nine” hung from an elm tree an effigy (a small figurine) of Andrew Oliver, the British merchant who was to collect the stamp tax. Next to the effigy hung a boot representing the former British Prime Minister George Grenville, from which emerged a small devil-like figure holding a copy of the Stamp Act.
The tree became a symbol in Boston of protest against British tyranny, and grievances were posted on its trunk. When the Stamp Act was repealed in 1766, patriots hung lanterns in the tree to celebrate.
The Legacy of the Liberty Tree
The Liberty Tree remains a symbol of patriotic unity and defiance of totalitarianism. The Loyal Nine eventually became part of a larger group, the Sons of Liberty, which included John Hancock, Patrick Henry, Paul Revere, and Haym Salomon. Other versions of the Liberty Tree were later adopted by the French, Dutch, Italian, and Austrian republics.
Today, a small park in Boston has embedded in the sidewalk a small bronze plaque that bears the inscription “Sons of Liberty, 1776: Independence of their Country.” Located in Boston’s Old State House Museum are pieces of the flag that first flew above the Liberty Tree, as well as one of the original lanterns that hung from it celebrating the repeal of the Stamp Act in 1766.