Founding Fathers


Louisiana Purchase Facts

Louisiana Purchase Facts

The Louisiana Purchase was not a simple matter for U.S. Congress. It had only authorized Monroe to spend $2 million for New Orleans and West Florida, so the increase in funds needed approval. Because it increased the public debt by nearly 20 percent, Jefferson’s...
Thomas Jefferson Quotes on Democracy

Selected Thomas Jefferson Quotes on Democracy

Thomas Jefferson, as an author of the founding documents of the United States, has a few choice quotes on Democracy. Jefferson’s vision of government was simple: “A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them...
Samuel Adams Accomplishments

Samuel Adams’s Accomplishments

Samuel Adams had many accomplishments. He was elected to the General Court of Massachusetts to represent Boston in 1771. Due to health concerns, he retired in 1772 and returned to farming, but the agrarian life did not suit him, and he was back in Boston within a...
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Thomas Jefferson’s Accomplishments

In 1772, Thomas Jefferson married a beautiful widow, Martha Wayles Skelton; she died ten years later. Jefferson was a devoted husband, and the marriage produced six children, two of whom lived to adulthood. The loss of his wife buried Jefferson in a deep, lasting...
George Washington's 1789 Inaugural Address

George Washington’s 1789 Inaugural Address

When the people of Virginia called on him to serve in the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Washington at first refused, but he was finally persuaded by the same call of duty that led him to accept the command of the Continental Army in 1775. The Convention...
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John Hancock’s Role in the American Revolution

John Hancock’s role in the  American Revolution was pivotal before the war actually began. In contrast to most of the other prominent revolutionary leaders, Hancock did not have the gift of the pen, and was not a great speaker. But because of his personal...
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Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death Speech

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death Speech

Patrick Henry, above any accomplishments before or after the Revolutionary War, is known for his “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” Speech. The speech was given when Henry and the other members of the Virginia convention decided to meet in March 1775 at...
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George Washington: The First Founding Father

On 15 January 1783, General George Washington stood before his officers in a moment of crisis. His men had toiled and suffered for months with little pay, and Congress did not appear willing to ante-up. Washington could sense the growing possibility of mutiny. In a...
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Alexander Hamilton: Father of America’s Economy

The columnist George Will wrote in 1992 that, “There is an elegant memorial in Washington to Jefferson, but none to Hamilton. However, if you seek Hamilton’s monument, look around. You are living in it. We honor Jefferson, but live in Hamilton’s country, a mighty...
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