Ten-year-old Fresno resident Nathan Bond, who in February became one of the youngest Americans to recite the Declaration of Independence by memory, according to Guinness world record officials, is taking his show on the road.
Nathan will be joined by Assemblyman Jim Patterson, R-Fresno, on the steps of the state Capitol on Monday afternoon, where Nathan will attempt a repeat performance upon the adjournment of the Assembly session.
Reciting the document by memory is no easy feat: The Declaration of Independence has 1,458 words.
According to a news release from Patterson, Nathan last year discovered a gift for memorization. Challenged by his father to take on the Declaration of Independence, Nathan committed it to memory in two months. Then, on Feb. 25, the then-9-year-old recited it in front of the Fresno City Council to earn the Guinness record.
Nathan recently finished his first year of home-schooling and will be a fifth-grader in the fall.
With the goal of one day becoming a constitutional law attorney, Nathan has also memorized Article I and Article II of the Constitution. Just in case a future in science is in the cards, he’s also memorized the Periodic Table of Elements including their atomic numbers, atomic symbols and their classifications.
He can also recite all the presidents of the United States.