from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tall flagstaff set up in honor of liberty, usually surmounted with the liberty-cap or other symbol of liberty.


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  • Sometimes he smiled, and it was good to see; but when he straightened himself up like a liberty-pole, and the lightning begun to flicker out from under his eyebrows, you wanted to climb a tree first, and find out what the matter was afterwards.

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • About sixty barrels of flour were broken open, a large quantity of cannon-balls thrown into the wells, the liberty-pole cut down, and the court-house set on fire.

    The Yankee Tea-party Or, Boston in 1773

  • Davis had never seen that old liberty-pole, and never heard the chimes which still ring out from that old belfry?

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864

  • In my youth, this feeling was simply a spirit of adventure; but as I grew older it deepened into a reverence for what those old bells said, and a love for the principle of which that old liberty-pole is now only a crumbling symbol.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864

  • This flag was suspended on the Fourth of July last by a patriotic sailor, who climbed to the top of the tree to which he attached it, cutting away the branches as he descended, until it stood among its stately brethren a beautiful moss-wreathed liberty-pole, flinging to the face of heaven the glad colors of the Free.

    The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52

  • What a profound influence had those liberty-pole festivals so assiduously promoted by men like Samuel Adams and Alexander MacDougall: "for they tinge the minds of the people; they impregnate them with the sentiments of liberty; they render the people fond of their leaders in the cause, and averse and bitter against all opposers."

    Beginnings of the American People

  • It is proposed to erect a first-class liberty-pole in the school-yard at

    The Flag

  • The American flag flapped in the breeze from the tall liberty-pole which then stood at the midst of the cross-roads where Main and Pioneer streets intersect.

    The Story of Cooperstown

  • But they cut down the liberty-pole, set fire to the court-house, spiked a few cannon, and emptied some barrels of flour.

    Stories of Later American History

  • Albert and the oroide gold pants and the amalgamated copper hat, that carried the combination meat-axe, ice-pick, and liberty-pole, and used to stand on the first landing as you go up to the Little

    Roads of Destiny


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