So without further ado, in order from worst to best, here are just a few of our Founding Fathers:
- Samuel Adams. Samuel Adams was an aggressive radical organizer and a stickler for Puritan virtue.
- John Hancock.
- Thomas Jefferson.
- Benjamin Franklin.
- John Adams.
- George Washington.
- Alexander Hamilton.
Then, who are the founders of America?
Historian Richard B. Morris in 1973 identified the following seven figures as the key Founding Fathers: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington.
Who is known as the father of the United States?
Shortest President. President James Madison was the shortest, standing at five feet and four inches tall (163 centimeters). Although he is known for being the shortest president, more importantly he is remembered as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America.
President George Washington appointed Hamilton as the first United States Secretary of the Treasury on September 11, 1789. He left office on the last day of January 1795.
George Washington, John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison are typically counted as "Founding Fathers", but none of them signed the Declaration of Independence. General George Washington was Commander of the Continental Army, and was defending New York City in July 1776.
George Read had voted against the resolution of independence, and Robert Morris had abstained—yet they both signed the Declaration. The most famous signature on the engrossed copy is that of John Hancock, who presumably signed first as President of Congress.
Hancock was president of Congress when the Declaration of Independence was adopted and signed. He is primarily remembered by Americans for his large, flamboyant signature on the Declaration, so much so that "John Hancock" became, in the United States, an informal synonym for signature.
- Delaware: George Read | Caesar Rodney | Thomas McKean |
- Pennsylvania: George Clymer | Benjamin Franklin | Robert Morris | John Morton | Benjamin Rush | George Ross | James Smith | James Wilson | George Taylor |
- New Hampshire:
- Rhode Island:
- New York:
A total of 39 delegates signed the Constitution on September 17, 1787. Not all the convention delegates approved the final product; 16 chose not to sign the Constitution in September 1787. This group included Continental Congress Delegates Patrick Henry of Virginia and George Clinton of New York.
The Second Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia on May 10, 1775. This time it met in the Pennsylvania State House, or Independence Hall, as it is now called. It was in this building that the Declaration of Independence was signed.
Celebrations of the Fourth of July became more common as the years went on and in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas.
1. The Declaration of Independence wasn't signed on July 4, 1776. On July 1, 1776, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia, and on the following day 12 of the 13 colonies voted in favor of Richard Henry Lee's motion for independence.
America's Founding Fathers including George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, James Monroe and Benjamin Franklin, together with several other key players of their time, structured the democratic government of the United States and left a legacy that has shaped the world.
A first printing of the Declaration of Independence, said to have been found in a picture frame bought at a flea market two summers ago, was auctioned for $2,420,000 yesterday at Sotheby's.
It is estimated that John Dunlap produced 200 copies of his broadside of the Declaration of Independence, the first printing of the text. Of that original number, there are 26 known copies of the Dunlap broadside in the world today.