text: seven walking tours through historic Philadelphia

Thaddeus Kosciuszko House

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Proceed to the northwest corner of 3rd and Pine Streets which was for a time was the home of Thaddeus Kosciuszko (1746-1817), the Polish patriot who fought for the American cause during the Revolution. One of his first duties upon arrival was helping fortify the city against the British fleet's expected attack. The house has a double history for it was also the birthplace of Colonel John Nixon (1733-1808), who first read the Declaration of Independence publicly in the State House Yard on July 8, 1776. An ancestor of President Nixon, he was a soldier in both the French and Indian War and the Revolution in addition to being a sheriff in Philadelphia.

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