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Founding Fathers

Individual Biography, A-Z

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Samuel Adams
Samuel Adams
was one of the instigators of the Boston Tea Party, called openly for resistance to Great Britain, and signed the Declaration of Independence.
Elbridge Gerry
Elbridge Gerry
is probably best remembered for his role in the infamous XYZ Affair of 1797, and for being the namesake of the notorious practice known as "gerrymandering."
Fisher Ames
Fisher Ames
served in the first U.S. House of Representatives, where he played a prominent role in the ratification of Jay's Treaty.
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
served as our nation's first Secretary of the Treasury, in which capacity he saw to it that all debts incurred by the Revolutionary War were paid in full.
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
earned distinction as a general during the Revolutionary War, and as Vice-President of the United States, but still managed to be disliked and distrusted.
Patrick Henry
Patrick Henry
was a Revolutionary era orator and politician who is probably best remembered for a speech in which he said "Give me liberty or give me death!"
George Clinton
George Clinton
served as Governor of New York for 18 years (the longest of any New York Governor) and as Vice-President of the United States twice.
John Jay
John Jay
served in the Continental Congress, but did not favor separation from Great Britain. He subsequently helped negotiate the treaty that ended the Revolution, co-authored The Federalist Papers, and served as the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Manasseh Cutler
Manasseh Cutler
was an accomplished minister, physician, and scientist, as well as one of the men responsible for settling the vast Northwest Territory.
Rufus King
Rufus King
was a signer of the Constitution, a member of the first U.S. Senate, and Minister to Great Britain.
Jonathan Dayton
Jonathan Dayton
was the youngest member of the Constitutional Convention before serving in both houses of the U.S. Congress.
Richard Henry Lee
Richard Henry Lee
was the man who introduced the resolutions that ultimately led to the Second Continental Congress drafting the Declaration of Independence.
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
was quite probably the most accomplished man of his day, excelling in such diverse trades as printing, statesmanship, electricity, and diplomacy.
Robert R. Livingston
Robert R. Livingston
represented New York in the Continental Congress, and was a member of the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence. As Minister to the Court of Napoleon, he negotiated the Louisiana Purchase.
Albert Gallatin
Albert Gallatin
served as Secretary of the Treasury under Thomas Jefferson, in which capacity he cut the national debt by half, despite the $15 million purchase of Louisiana during his tenure.
 
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