posted by Anonymous .
Explain why you think Matthew Lyon is an important figure in American History and why he should be included in the Register.
Would it be that no other American has illustrated more thoroughly than Matthew Lyon the excellence of democratic institutions in affording to every man of character and talents a fair field for honorable distinction.
Would it be for him being the first person to be put on trial under the Sedition Act? He opposed going to war against France and objected the land tax to pay for war preparations.
Neither. Read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Lyon
He is important because he cast the deciding vote which ushered in Thomas Jefferson as president; and for his efforts at forming downstream court decisions in the US on what free speech really meant: The right to speak opposing government actions.