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PostDid German Almost Become the Official Language of US? (David Fleischer, Brazil, 06/20/17 11:50 am)
During the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention, there was a debate as to which should be the official language of the new USA--German lost by a few votes. Maybe John can find a citation for this affirmation.
JE comments: I "knew" this fact, too, but apparently it's an urban legend. The great debunker website, Snopes, offers this:
Candidates for the "almost" official language of the USA include Hebrew and Greek. Benjamin Franklin's (or conversely, the Mayflower pilgrims') preference for Hebrew has become an especially durable narrative.