Founding Fathers

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The term used to describe the handful of statesmen particularly involved in the United States' secession from Great Britain, the ordering of the Republic, and the creation of the Constitution and the institutions thereunder which survive to this day. The term is also used more broadly to describe the political class of the time, in particular those who had something to do with the creation of the Constitution and the early running of the country.

There can be no definitive list of to whom this casual term applies, but certainly the following are included (other than Washington, presented in alphabetical order):

These men were also active in the Continental Congress and/or the Constitutional Convention.

Others who might be classified as Founding Fathers:

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