E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The thirty-six states of North America composing the Federal Republic. Each state is represented in the Federal Congress by two senators, and a number of representatives proportionate to the number of inhabitants. The nickname of a United States man is a Brother Jonathan, and of the people in the aggregate Brother Jonathan (q.v.). Declared their independence July 4th, 1776.