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Founding Fathers in Rautalampi
 
Founding Fathers in Rautalampi
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John Morton was born in the New Sweden colony in modern-day Pennsylvania, the descendant of Matti Marttinen of Rautalampi, Savo, Finland. He was a farmer and surveyor, and active in politics, rising to become Speaker of the Pennsylvania House, and a delegate to the Second Continental Congress. At that Congress, he cast the deciding vote in the Pennsylvania delegation, completing the role of states in support of the Declaration of Independence. In Rautalampi, today’s John Morton (portrayed by American re-enactor J. Nathan Bazzel) laid a wreath at the Delaware Memorial Statue in the city park, visited the Church, Library and Museum, and portrayed John Morton’s role in the vote for independence to a large crowd of local residents, including descendants of the Marttinen family. He was accompanied by his colleague in the Continental Congress, Benjamin Franklin, who also presented his character to the home region of his colleague Morton.