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a humorous designation for the people of the United States collectively. The phrase is said to have originated from Washington's referring to the patriotic Jonathan Trumbull, governor of Connecticut, as "Brother Jonathan."

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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What to that apostolic lancer, Brother Jonathan, is Texas but a Fast-Fish?
Here is Mr Kenyatta's full statement: To Your Excellency former President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi, your family and friends, I have received the news this morning of the passing away of my friend and brother Jonathan Toroitich Moi with great shock and disbelief.
This cast revealing light on the family's often stormy relationships - continuing to the present day with daughter Claire, now deputy team boss, and her feud with resentful older brother Jonathan.
His younger brother Jonathan, 73, said he would be a difficult act to follow, saying: "Someone quoted that he is someone with whom people want to spend time.
"Property Brothers" star Drew Scott has given his two cents about his twin brother Jonathan's recent heartbreak.
Matt, 44 - who got a Yes from all four - told how he started doing the act to understand the plight of his brother Jonathan, 36.
He puts his life at risk in a bid to understand the hell his sick brother Jonathan, 36, goes through.
Tomas, La Union, and his brother Jonathan had just emerged from a cockpit in Barangay Ubagan at around 7 p.m.
Andrew Mackenzie, his brother Jonathan Mackenzie, plus friends David Fox and Nathan Watson each admitted being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent obtaining of VAT repayments.
Now fully recovered he is making his name as conductor and co-founder of the North East Wales Sinfonia which he set up with his brother Jonathan, 25, four years ago.
Peter Howes, 53, of Lechlade, Gloucestershire, forged the signatures of his mother Joyce, 81, or elder brother Jonathan, 55, to wind up trust funds before pocketing the contents.
Younger brother Jonathan, 24, held off his Olympic and Commonwealth champion sibling after the pair had taken a 50-second lead into the run section.