The Founding Fathers



The United States of America was started by a large number of people. But there are a small group of men that were very important to its founding. These men are called the Founding Fathers. They range from famers to wealthy business men. There are a lot of people who influenced the Birth of the United States of America, but this site is dedicated to the select few that can be labled as The Founding Fathers. Below is a list of those men. From here you have access to their writings, biographies, and quotes. You can also access videos, books, pictures and other media related to the Founding Fathers.

Abraham Clark

Abraham Clark (1725 - 1794)

Quotes in database: 8
It is unfortunately the fact, in respect to many of the distinguished actors in the revolutionary drama, but especially in reference to the subject of this memoir, that but few incidents of their lives have been preserved. The truth ... [MORE]
Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton (1755 - 1804)

Quotes in database: 116
"Colo. Alexander Hamilton (New York) is deservedly celebrated for his talents. He is a practitioner of the Law, and reputed to be a finished Scholar. To a clear and strong judgment he unites the ornaments of fancy, and whilst he is ... [MORE]
Arthur Middleton

Arthur Middleton (1742 - 1787)

Quotes in database: 3
Arthur Middleton was the son of Henry Middleton, and was born in the year 1743, at the seat of his father, at Middleton place, near the banks of the Ashley. At the early age of twelve years, he was sent to the celebrated school of ... [MORE]
Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin ( 1706 - 1790)

Quotes in database: 123
"Dr. Benjamin Franklin (Pennsylvania) is well known to be the greatest phylosopher of the present age;--all the operations of nature he seems to understand,--the very heavens obey him, and the Clouds yield up their Lightning to be ... [MORE]
Benjamin Rush

Benjamin Rush (1745 - 1813)

Quotes in database: 24
Benjamin Rush was born on the 24th of December, 1745 (0.S.), in the township of Byberry, twelve or fourteen miles northeast of Philadelphia. His ancestors emigrated front England to Pennsylvania, about the year 1683. The father of ... [MORE]
Benjamin Harrison V

Benjamin Harrison V (1726 - 1791)

Quotes in database: 1
Benjamin Harrison was the descendant of a family long distinguished in the history of Virginia. Both his father and grandfather bore the name of Benjamin, and lived at Berkeley, where they owned, and where the family still owns [1829], ... [MORE]
Button Gwinnett

Button Gwinnett (1735 - 1777)

Quotes in database: 0
Button Gwinnett was a native of England, where he was born about the year 1732. His parents were respectable in life, and gave their son as good an education as their moderate circumstances would allow. On coming of age, Mr. Gwinnett ... [MORE]
Caesar Rodney

Caesar Rodney (1728 - 1784)

Quotes in database: 9
Caesar Rodney, the first of the delegation from Delaware, was a native of that state, and was born about the year 1730. His birth-place was Dover. The family, from which he was descended, was of ancient date, and is honorably spoken ... [MORE]
Carter Braxton

Carter Braxton (1736 - 1797)

Quotes in database: 9
Carter Braxton was the son of George Braxton, a wealthy planter of Newington, in the county of King and Queen, in Virginia, where he was born on the tenth of September, 1736. His mother was the daughter of Robert Carter, who was for ... [MORE]
Charles Carroll

Charles Carroll (1737 - 1832)

Quotes in database: 13
Charles Carroll Was a descendant of Daniel Carroll, an Irish gentleman, who emigrated from England to America about the year 1659. He settled in the province of Maryland, where, a few years after, he received the appointment of judge, ... [MORE]
Charles Thomson

Charles Thomson (1729 - 1824)

Quotes in database: 13
Of all the patriots of the Revolution, no man was better acquainted with the men and events of that struggle, than Charles Thomson, who was the permanent Secretary of the Continental Congress for more than fifteen years. He was born ... [MORE]
Edward Rutledge

Edward Rutledge (1749 - 1800)

Quotes in database: 4
Edward Rutledge, the first of the South Carolina delegation, who affixes his name to the Declaration of Independence, was born in the city of Charleston, November, 1749. He was the youngest, son of Doctor John Rutledge, who emigrated ... [MORE]
Elbridge Gerry

Elbridge Gerry (1744 - 1814)

Quotes in database: 7
"Mr. Gerry's character is marked for integrity and perseverance. He is a hesitating and laborious speaker;--possesses a great degree of confidence and goes extensively into all subjects that he speaks on, without respect to elegance ... [MORE]
Francis Hopkinson

Francis Hopkinson (1737 - 1791)

Quotes in database: 1
Francis Hopkinson was a native of Pennsylvania, and was born in the city of Philadelphia, in the year 1737. His father, Thomas Hopkinson, was an Englishman, who emigrated to America, but in what year is unknown to the writer. A short ... [MORE]
Francis Lewis

Francis Lewis (1713 - 1803)

Quotes in database: 0
Francis Lewis was a native of Landaff, in South Wales, where he was born in the year 1713. His father was a clergyman, belonging to the established church. His mother was the daughter of Dr. Pettingal, who was also a clergyman of the ... [MORE]
Francis Lightfoot Lee

Francis Lightfoot Lee (1734 - 1797)

Quotes in database: 6
Frank Lee, as he was known to those close to him, was regarded by his brothers, including Richard Henry Lee, as the keenest of them in all political judgement. He was quiet, reticent, and had no taste for public life, but the responsibilities ... [MORE]
George Washington

George Washington (1732 - 1799)

Quotes in database: 165
"Genl. George Washington (Virginia) is well known as the Commander in chief of the late American Army. Having conducted these states to independence and peace, he now appears to assist in framing a Government to make the People happy. ... [MORE]
George Mason

George Mason (1725 - 1792)

Quotes in database: 25
"George Mason (Virginia) is a Gentleman of remarkable strong powers, and possesses a clear and copious understanding. He is able and convincing in debate, steady and firm in his principles, and undoubtedly one of the best politicians ... [MORE]
George Clymer

George Clymer (1739 - 1813)

Quotes in database: 4
"George Clymer (Pennsylvania) is a Lawyer of some abilities;--he is a respectable Man, and much esteemed. Mr. Clymer is about 40 years old." -- Character Sketches of Delegates to the Federal Convention by William Pierce (1787) George ... [MORE]
George Read

George Read (1733 - 1798)

Quotes in database: 2
"George Read (Delaware) is a Lawyer and a Judge;--his legal abilities are said to be very great, but his powers of Oratory are fatiguing and tiresome to the last degree;--his voice is feeble, and his articulation so bad that few can ... [MORE]
George Ross

George Ross (1730 - 1779)

Quotes in database: 0
The last gentleman who belonged to the Pennsylvania delegation, at the time the members of the revolutionary congress affixed their signatures to the declaration of independence, was George Ross. He was the son of a clergyman by the ... [MORE]
George Taylor

George Taylor (1716 - 1781)

Quotes in database: 0
Of the early life of George Taylor although he acted a distinguished part in the political affairs of his time, few incidents are recorded, in any documents which we have seen, and few, it is said, are remembered by the old men of ... [MORE]
George Walton

George Walton (1749 - 1804)

Quotes in database: 0
George Walton, the last of the Georgia delegation, who signed the declaration of independence, and with an account of whom we shall conclude these biographical notices, was born in the county of Frederick, Virginia, about the year ... [MORE]
George Wythe

George Wythe (1726 - 1806)

Quotes in database: 0
"George Wythe (Virginia) is the famous Professor of Law at the University of William and Mary. He is confessedly one of the most learned legal Characters of the present age. From his close attention to the study of general learning ... [MORE]
James Madison

James Madison (1751 - 1836)

Quotes in database: 163
"James Madison (Virginia) is a character who has long been in public life; and what is very remarkable every Person seems to acknowledge his greatness. He blends together the profound politician, with the Scholar. In the management ... [MORE]
James Monroe

James Monroe (1758 - 1831)

Quotes in database: 10
MONROE, James, (nephew of Joseph Jones and uncle of James Monroe [1799-1870]), a Delegate and a Senator from Virginia and 5th President of the United States; born in Westmoreland County, Va., April 28, 1758; pursued classical studies; ... [MORE]
James Otis

James Otis (1725 - 1783)

Quotes in database: 17
Near the northeast corner of the old Common of Boston a section of ground was put apart long before the beginning of the eighteenth century to be a burying ground for some of the heroic dead of the city of the Puritans. For some quaint ... [MORE]
James Wilson

James Wilson (1742 - 1798)

Quotes in database: 22
"James Wilson (Pennsylvania) ranks among the foremost in legal and political knowledge. He has joined to a fine genius all that can set him off and show him to advantage. He is well acquainted with Man, and understands all the passions ... [MORE]
James Smith

James Smith (1719 - 1806)

Quotes in database: 4
James Smith, the subject of the following memoir, was a native of Ireland; but in what year he was born is unknown. This was a secret which, even to his relations and friends, he would never communicate, and the knowledge of it was ... [MORE]
John Adams

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Quotes in database: 130
John Adams was born at Quincy, then part of the ancient town of Braintree, on the 19th day of October, old style, 1735. He was a descendant of the Puritans, his ancestors having early emigrated from England, and settled in Massachusetts. ... [MORE]
John Hancock

John Hancock (1737 - 1793)

Quotes in database: 9
The events leading to the declaration of independence, which have been rapidly passed in review, in the preceding pages, have brought us to the more particular notice of those distinguished men, who signed their names to that instrument, ... [MORE]
John Jay

John Jay (1745 - 1829)

Quotes in database: 18
Among the many thousands of the Huguenots of France who fled to England and America toward the close of the seventeenth century, to escape fiery persecutions, was Augustus Jay, a young merchant. He landed at Charleston, in South Carolina, ... [MORE]
John Witherspoon

John Witherspoon (1723 - 1794)

Quotes in database: 5
John Witherspoon, a man alike distinguished as a minister of the gospel, and a patriot of the revolution, was born in the parish of Yester, a few miles from Edinburgh, on the 5th of February, 1722. He was lineally descended from John ... [MORE]
John Morton

John Morton (1725 - 1777)

Quotes in database: 1
John Morton was a native of Ridley, in the county of Chester, now Delaware. His ancestors were of Swedish extraction, and among the first Swedish emigrants, who located themselves on the banks of the Delaware. His father, after whom ... [MORE]
John Hart

John Hart (1711 - 1779)

Quotes in database: 2
The history of the world probably furnishes not another instance in which there was a nobler exhibition of true patriotism, than is presented in the history of the American revolution. It was certain at its commencement, in respect ... [MORE]
John Penn

John Penn (1741 - 1788)

Quotes in database: 1
John Penn was a native of the county of Caroline, in the province of Virginia, where he was born on the seventeenth day of May, 1741. He was the only child of his parents, Moses and Catharine Penn. The early education of young Penn ... [MORE]
Joseph Hewes

Joseph Hewes (1730 - 1779)

Quotes in database: 4
Joseph Hewes was born near Kingston, in New Jersey, in the year 1730. His parents were Aaron and Providence Hewes, who were members of the Society Of Friends, and who originally belonged to the colony of Connecticut. They were induced, ... [MORE]
Josiah Bartlett

Josiah Bartlett (1729 - 1795)

Quotes in database: 5
Josiah Bartlett, the first of the New-Hampshire delegation who signed the Declaration of Independence, was born in Amesbury, Massachusetts, in 1729. He was the fourth son of Stephen Bartlett, whose ancestors came from England during ... [MORE]
Lewis Morris

Lewis Morris (1726 - 1798)

Quotes in database: 1
Lewis Morris was born at the manor of Morrisania, in the state of New York, in the year 1726. His family was of ancient date; the pedigree of it has been preserved; but it is too extended to admit of a particular notice in these pages. ... [MORE]
Lyman Hall

Lyman Hall (1724 - 1790)

Quotes in database: 2
Little is known by this writer of Lyman Hall's early life except that he was born in Wallingford, Connecticut, on April 12, 1724. He later moved to South Carolina and then on to Georgia. Hall was a physician and perhaps it was the ... [MORE]
Matthew Thornton

Matthew Thornton (1714 - 1803)

Quotes in database: 4
Matthew Thornton was the son of James Thornton, a native of Ireland, and was born in that country, about the year 1714. When he was two or three years old, his father emigrated to America, and after a residence of a few years he removed ... [MORE]
Oliver Wolcott

Oliver Wolcott (1796 - 1797)

Quotes in database: 1
Few families have been more distinguished in the annals of Connecticut, than the Wolcott family. The ancestor of this family was Henry Wolcott, an English gentleman of considerable fortune, who was born in the year 1578. During the ... [MORE]
Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry (1736 - 1799)

Quotes in database: 22
"Give me Liberty, or give me Death!" were the burning words which fell from the lips of Patrick Henry, at the beginning of the War for Independence, and aroused the Continent to more vigorous and united action.1 He was the son of a ... [MORE]
Philip Livingston

Philip Livingston (1716 - 1778)

Quotes in database: 0
Philip Livingston was born at Albany, on the fifteenth of January, 1716. His ancestors were highly respectable, and for several generations the family have held a distinguished rank in New-York. His great grandfather, John Livingston, ... [MORE]
Richard Stockton

Richard Stockton (1730 - 1781)

Quotes in database: 1
The first of the New-Jersey delegation, who signed the Declaration of Independence, was Richard Stockton. He was born near Princeton, on the 1st day of October, 1730. His family was ancient and respectable. His great grandfather, who ... [MORE]
Richard Henry Lee

Richard Henry Lee (1732 - 1794)

Quotes in database: 12
Richard Henry Lee, a descendant from an ancient and distinguished family in Virginia, was born in Westmoreland county, of that province, on January 20, 1732, two years before another brother, Francis Lightfoot Lee, who also signed ... [MORE]
Robert Morris

Robert Morris (1734 - 1806)

Quotes in database: 6
"Robert Morris (Pennsylvania) is a merchant of great eminence and wealth; an able Financier, and a worthy Patriot. He has an understanding equal to any public object, and possesses an energy of mind that few Men can boast of. Although ... [MORE]
Robert Treat Paine

Robert Treat Paine (1731 - 1814)

Quotes in database: 2
Robert Treat Paine was a native of Boston, where he was born, in the year 1731. His parents were pious and respectable. His father was for some years the settled pastor of a church in Weymouth, in the vicinity of Boston. His health ... [MORE]
Roger Sherman

Roger Sherman (1721 - 1793)

Quotes in database: 15
"Roger Sherman exhibits the oddest shaped character I ever remember to have met with. He is awkward, un-meaning, and unaccountably strange in his manner. But in his train of thinking there is something regular, deep and comprehensive; ... [MORE]
Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams (1722 - 1803)

Quotes in database: 72
Among those who signed the Declaration of Independence, and were conspicuous in the revolution, there existed, of course, a great diversity of intellectual endowments; nor did all render to their country, in those perilous days, the ... [MORE]
Samuel Chase

Samuel Chase (1741 - 1811)

Quotes in database: 3
Samuel Chase was the son of the Rev. Thomas Chase, a clergyman of distinction, in the protestant Episcopal church, who, after his emigration to America, married the daughter of a respectable farmer, and settled, for a time, in Somerset ... [MORE]
Samuel Huntington

Samuel Huntington (1731 - 1796)

Quotes in database: 0
Samuel Huntington was born in Windham, Connecticut, on the 2d day of July, 1732. His ancestors were respectable; they came to America at an early period of the country, and settled in Connecticut. The father of the subject of the ... [MORE]
Stephen Hopkins

Stephen Hopkins (1707 - 1785)

Quotes in database: 1
Stephen Hopkins was a native of that part of Providence which is now called Scituate, where he was born on the 7th of March, 1707. His parentage was very respectable, being a descendant of Benedict Arnold*, the first governor of Rhode ... [MORE]
Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Quotes in database: 251
Thomas Jefferson was born on the second day of April, O. S. 1743, ( April 13, 1743) at a place called Shadwell, in the county of Albermarle, and state of Virginia, a short distance from Monticello. His family were among the earliest ... [MORE]
Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine (1737 - 1809)

Quotes in database: 65
Few men nave ever received so large a share of the podium of common public opinion (which Hood defined as "the average prejudice of mankind") as Thomas Paine, whose pen was almost as powerful in support of the republican cause in ... [MORE]
Thomas Stone

Thomas Stone (1743 - 1787)

Quotes in database: 2
Thomas Stone was the son of David Stone, of Pointon Manor, Charles County, Maryland. His father was a descendant of William Stone, who was governor of Maryland during the protectorate of Oliver Cromwell. The boyhood of Thomas Stone ... [MORE]
Thomas McKean

Thomas McKean (1734 - 1817)

Quotes in database: 8
Thomas M'Kean was the second son of William M'Kean, a native of Ireland, who sometime after his emigration to America, was married to an Irish lady, with whom he settled in the township of New-London, county of Chester, and the province ... [MORE]
Thomas Heyward

Thomas Heyward (1746-1809)

Quotes in database: 0
Thomas Heyward was born in St. Luke's parish, in the province of South Carolina, in the year 1746. His father, Colonel Daniel Heyward, was a planter of great wealth, which he had chiefly acquired by his industry. Unlike many gentlemen ... [MORE]
Thomas Lynch

Thomas Lynch (1749 - 1779)

Quotes in database: 0
Thomas Lynch was the son of a gentleman of the same name, and was born on the fifth of August, 1749, at Prince George's Parish, in the province of South Carolina. The family was an ancient one, and is said to have originally emigrated ... [MORE]
Thomas Nelson

Thomas Nelson (1738 - 1789)

Quotes in database: 0
Thomas Nelson, Jr. was born at York on the twenty-sixth of December, 1738. He was the eldest son of William Nelson, a merchant of highly respectable character, who was descended from an English family, which settled at York, in the ... [MORE]
William Ellery

William Ellery (1727 - 1820)

Quotes in database: 14
William Ellery, the son of a gentleman of the same name, was born at Newport, on the 22d day of December, 1727. His ancestors were originally from Bristol, in England, whence they emigrated to America during the latter part of the ... [MORE]
William Floyd

William Floyd (1734 - 1821)

Quotes in database: 1
William Floyd, who was the first delegate from New York that signed the Declaration of Independence, was born on Long Island, on the 17th of December, 1734. His father was Nicoll Floyd, an opulent and respectable landholder, whose ... [MORE]
William Hooper

William Hooper (1742 - 1790)

Quotes in database: 5
William Hooper was a native of Boston, province of Massachusetts Bay, where he was born on the seventeenth of June, 1742. His father's name was also William Hooper. He was born in Scotland, in the year 1702, and soon after leaving ... [MORE]
William Paca

William Paca (1740 - 1799)

Quotes in database: 3
William Paca was born on the 31st of October, 1740. He was the second son of John Paca, a gentleman of large estate, who resided in the county of Harford, in the state of Maryland. His father, sensible of the importance of a good education, ... [MORE]
William Whipple

William Whipple (1730 - 1785)

Quotes in database: 0
William Whipple was the eldest son of William Whipple and was born at Kittery, Maine, in the year 1730. His father was a native of Ipswich, and was bred a maltster; but for several years after his removal to Kittery, he followed the ... [MORE]
William Williams

William Williams (1731 - 1811)

Quotes in database: 0
The family of William Williams is said to have been originally from Wales. A branch of it came to America in the year 1630, and settled in Roxbury, Massachusetts. His grandfather, who bore the same name, was the minister of Hatfield, ... [MORE]