Colonial Pizza – one of the oldest, most iconic and most celebrated American-style pizzas, and one of America’s earliest and most recognizable symbols of the United States – was born on July 17, 1782.
It was named after the French colonial governor of Virginia, General John Adams.
The first Colonial-style pizza was baked by John W. Allen, a baker from Newport News, Virginia.
In 1821, Allen opened his first store in Newport News.
He also opened his own bakery, a one-stop shop, in Newport, Virginia, the second of his many ventures.
The next year, Adams and Allen married, moved to Newport, and opened the first store on Washington Street.
On August 3, 1823, they opened their first store near Newport’s waterfront.
It is said that this was the first time that a bakery was opened for sale on the waterfront.
On January 6, 1824, they moved their shop to the new Colonial Park, the largest and most popular spot in Newport.
In 1826, Adams married Mary Anne Bessette, and they had a daughter, Anna Bessett.
Adams sold the business to his brother-in-law, Samuel Johnson, and the family continued to sell goods.
The Adams family moved to Independence, Missouri, where they established the first flour mill.
John Adams married Anna Bressette on August 5, 1831.
She was the daughter of John Adams and Hannah Bressett, the granddaughter of the governor of Connecticut.
Anna and John married on September 14, 1833.
The couple had one child, Elizabeth Bressetts.
Andrew Johnson became governor of the colony on August 14, 1830.
After the war, Andrew Johnson became the first governor to appoint a woman as the chief executive of the colonies.
Anna Bissett served as governor from 1832 to 1834, and she was succeeded by Andrew Johnson’s granddaughter, Mary Bresset Johnson.
At the time of the Civil War, the Bessetts were among the richest people in the colonies, owning most of the land in the state and many of the largest farms.
They were also a leading political force.
On April 16, 1861, Andrew and Mary Besset Johnson died, leaving a legacy of political power that would last for nearly 50 years.
They had a son, Andrew William Johnson, who became governor in 1862.
In 1865, Andrew died of typhoid fever.
The Bessets remained in Virginia, where the family’s holdings of farmland were largely protected.
On May 4, 1869, the Johnson family bought the first and only home on the property, the home of James M. Fitch, the first black man to own property in the United State.
Fitches first house was on the site of a former slave plantation on the outskirts of Newport.
It remained a monument to the history of slavery in America until it was demolished in 1930.
As the nation was struggling to come to terms with the Civil Rights Movement, it became a political flashpoint.
The Bessettes continued to make political contributions to the Democrats and Republicans.
In addition to donating to both parties, the family became involved in a series of battles over voting rights, including the Supreme Court’s landmark 1954 decision in Brown v.
Board of Education.
The case was a landmark decision that allowed desegregation of public schools, which eventually led to the desegregating of state schools.
A man in the crowd outside the Lincoln Memorial holds a sign that reads “Freedom for Black Men”, which was displayed during the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy.
During the 1960s, Andrew Bessertos family began to feel the effects of racism, and after being removed from Newport, he decided to live in a trailer park in rural Virginia.
He eventually sold the property and moved to Washington, D.C. where he continued to work in the family business.
When his grandson, John Fitch Jr., took over as president of the family in 1985, Andrew moved to D.N.C., Virginia.
The new president, a white man named John Fritchey, appointed Andrew as the nation’s first African-American ambassador to the United Nations.
In 1987, he was elected the nations third-ranking official in his home state.
According to historian and author Mark Schmitt, Andrew was the “first African-Americans president of a major political party”.
In 1998, Andrew married Virginia state representative Mary C. Johnson, whom he met during a trip to Newport.
They have three children: David, who was born in Washington, Virginia; Mary Ann, who is the second daughter of former president George H.W. Bush; and William, who will be a senior vice president at the Commerce Department.