Daniel Boone

QUESTION:  What was the first state added to the United States after George Washington became president?
A)  North Carolina
B)  Vermont
C)  Tennessee
D)  Kentucky

As the American Treasure Tour blog continues our exploration of the lithograph images in our Toy Box, we stop today on the first American-born explorer to become a celebrity:  Daniel Boone. For those of you who live near Oaks, Pennsylvania, Boone is a local.  He was born near the modern city of Reading, only twenty-six and a half miles from us (just a little longer than a marathon's run away!).  That was in 1734. One of eleven brothers and sisters, Boone's father Squire was a Quaker who joined William Penn on his journey across the Atlantic to avoid religious persecution in England. Living on the frontier forced Boone to become a hunter, and he excelled at it. In 1755, he volunteered to serve as a wagoner alongside his famous cousin Daniel Morgan during the French and Indian War.  When his commanding officer, British General Edward Braddock, was killed in an attack, Boone and Morgan (and fellow volunteer George Washington) survived unscathed, but they were part of the lucky few. 

Boone would follow his parents' legacy and ultimately have ten children with his wife Rebecca Bryan (who was also his sister-in-law, thanks to his brother marrying her sister), including his youngest son Nathan, the first Caucasian born in the future Commonwealth of Kentucky. That was long after he first guided western-moving settlers into the region of Virginia now called Kentucky. The biggest problem with American colonials migrating west was that they legally were not allowed to do it. In the effort to keep Indian hostilities to a minimum, the British government created what's called the Proclamation Line, an imaginary line across which settlers were forbidden to pass. It was largely ignored, causing increased hostilities, and Boone was definitely part of the problem.

ANSWER:  A)  North Carolina.  Kind of a trick question.  North Carolina was one of the original thirteen colonies, but they did not ratify the Constitution and officially become part of the United States until November 21, 1789.  George Washington was inaugurated on April 30th that year. Rhode Island, another of the originals, did not ratify until May 29, 1790.  The first non-British colony that George Washington signed off on as a state in his capacity as president was Vermont, on March 4, 1791.