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Jebediah Springfield

Jebediah Obadiah Zachariah Jedediah Springfield is the purported historical founder of the town of Springfield on television's The Simpsons. Springfield said "A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man", and was well known for his silver tounge (literally; the silver tounge was a prosthesis, his original tongue having been bitten off in a barroom brawl).

Springfield led a band of wagons westward along with his partner Shelbyville Manhattan; but they parted ways when Manhattan wanted to found a town where people could marry their cousins, and Springfield wanted a town devoted to chastity, abstinence, and a flavourless mush he called root-marm. Manhattan went on to found the rival town Shelbyville.

On an expedition to Springfield's historic "Fort Sensible," Bart Simpson uncovered inconsistencies in the Jebediah legend. Lisa Simpson later proved that "Jebediah Springfield" was a bloodthirsty pirate and enemy of George Washington named Hans Sprungfeld, who had changed his named to hide and who hated the town of Springfield.

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