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Benjamin Martin's statement, "Why should I agree to swap one tyrant three thousand miles away for three thousand tyrants one mile away?" :
In his efforts to protect his family by discouraging open rebellion against England, Benjamin Martin makes the statement before the South Carolina Assembly




FICTIONS:
1. The quote was not made by a politician or in South Carolina.

FACTS:
The original quote is: "Which is better - to be ruled by one tyrant three thousand miles away or by three thousand tyrants one mile away?". It was made by Boston Loyalist Clergyman Byles Mather. Because of his Loyalist leanings, he was dismissed from his post as minister of Hollis St. Congregational Church following the British Evacuation of Boston in 1776. His uncle was Cotton Mather.





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