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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Chauncey Mitchell Depew (1834–1928)
QUOTATION: Americans can celebrate the Fourth of July and bring its spirit anywhere in the world…. But it is celebrated with more sentiment and fervor by Americans away from home in France than in any country, for Lafayette and Rochambeau equally with Washington made the Fourth of July possible. French aid, French armies and French gallantry joining with the American army saved liberty for the United States and the world. So Americans can say of the French on the Fourth of July what my old friend, Colonel Somers of South Carolina, said in closing a hot discussion on the merits of religious sects. The Colonel said, “I admit that Catholics can go to Heaven, so can Baptists, Presbyterians, Unitarians and others, but if you wish to go to Heaven as a gentleman with gentlemen, you must be an Episcopalian.”
ATTRIBUTION: CHAUNCEY M. DEPEW, speech at the Fourth of July banquet of the American Chamber of Commerce, Paris, France, July 4, 1914.—Depew, Addresses and Literary Contributions on the Threshold of Eighty-Two, p. 103–4 (1916).

He served in Congress 1899–1911.
SUBJECTS: Independence Day