“To the memory of the glorious Ninety-two: members of the Honorable House of Representatives of the Massachusetts Bay who, undaunted by the insolent menaces of villains in power, from a strict regard to conscience and the liberties of their constituents on the 30th of June 1768 voted not to rescind.”
Inscription on Revere’s silver “Liberty” bowl
The Liberty Bowl honored ninety-two members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives who voted not to rescind a letter sent throughout the colonies protesting the Townshend Acts (1767), which taxed tea, paper, glass, and other commodities imported from England. This act of civil disobedience by the “Glorious Ninety-Two” was a major step leading to the American Revolution. The Liberty Bowl, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution have been called the nation’s three most cherished historical treasures. The Liberty Bowl is on display at the Fine Arts Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.
Perhaps the current 118th U.S. Congress can take a lesson from our founding fathers and vote on truly important and consequential issues facing our nation today.
Sources: Bartlett’s Familiar quotations