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American Founding Fathers

Name these men who who are sometimes referred to as "Founding Fathers" of the U.S.
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Founding Father
First President
Bill of Rights author
Declaration of Independence author
First Secretary of the Treasury
Vice President who killed ^ in a duel
Inventor, ambassador, publisher,
quote magnet, Lothario
The British are coming!
First signer of the
Declaration of Independence
Sea captain who has not yet
begun to fight!
He regrets he had but one life
to give for his country
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Founding Father
Green Mountain Boys leader
"Common Sense" pamphleteer
"Federalist Papers" author and
first Chief Justice
Tea Party leader and beer namesake
His "Virginia Declaration of Rights"
inspired the U.S. Bill of Rights
Chief Justice, 1801-35
"Era of Good Feelings" President
Give him liberty, or give him death!
Creator of American spelling
New Hampshirite and namesake of
the President on "West Wing"
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Founding Father
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(55)
My son's name is Nathan Andrew, but we did consider Nathan Hale.
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May 20, 2014
(43)
Cannot believe I missed John Hancock!
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Jul 2, 2014
(69)
No George Mason?
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Jul 2, 2014
(47)
Agree - no George Mason on whose writings the Bill of Right is based. Much more so than Aaron Burr or Noah Webster.
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Jul 2, 2014
(42)
That was my reaction as well.
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Jul 3, 2014
Added George Mason. I would wager that he will be one on the least-guessed answers.
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Jan 8, 2017
(66)
Last place so far
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Jan 11, 2017
(71)
But that's ok. That's how we learn stuff. If every answer was guessed 80+% of the time, most of us wouldn't learn anything.
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Jan 19, 2017
(60)
And so he was!
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Feb 10, 2017
(54)
I didn't know it, but I'm glad it's there. I don't need to just read for the 10,000th time that Jefferson wrote the Declaration and Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense. No harm in including some that are difficult. I prefer it, in fact.
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Jul 3, 2017
(66)
Quizmaster is a prophet. Mason is the least-guessed person by a wide margin. But I agree with buck1017. I don't mind having questions that are difficult. Learning something significant, IMO, is far more important than blowing through common stuff everybody knows to get your 5 points.
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Jul 3, 2017
(61)
I guess I have an advantage on Mason, living 5 miles from the university named after him!
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Jul 4, 2017
(47)
Okay.... I am a US History teacher so I had a bit of an advantage. The New Hampshirite clue threw me. Seemed a bit of a stretch for the category, but the WW name came back to me. Good thing I showed my class a clip from the show on filibustering this year!
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Jul 2, 2014
(71)
Might also consider adding Herbie Hancock to the quiz.
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Jul 2, 2014
(44)
Founding Father of Fusion
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Jul 2, 2014
(47)
Since when is Aaron Burr considered a founding father? John Rutledge, Henry Lee, but Burr. You put Samuel Adams and no John Adams! Noah Webster??
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Jul 2, 2014
(37)
John Adams should definitely be on here.
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Jul 3, 2014
(37)
Agreed. But he's obnoxious and disliked You know that, sir.
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Jul 4, 2014
(66)
So we rewrite history so no one who might offend, for one reason or another, appears?
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Jun 29, 2015
(63)
Whether you like him or not, he was key in the American Revolution and founding of the USA. He is above most on this list in terms of importance.
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Jul 1, 2016
(32)
+1,000 points to Gryffindor for the 1776 reference and 1,000 more for no one getting it.
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Jul 3, 2017
(36)
Agree with aemcg710 - Nice allusion, aliberti68! (I really want a "Like" button for JetPunk comments!)
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Jul 4, 2017
We already have Samuel Adams. We can't have two Adams. We already have several Presidents. Thus no John Adams.
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Jan 8, 2017
(63)
...in that case, I think you picked the wrong one.
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Jul 3, 2017
(24)
Nathan Hale is my 5 great grandfather.
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Jul 3, 2014
(42)
Thank you for a great quiz! I do wish George Mason was included. :)
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Jul 3, 2014
(56)
Yes. Noah Webster, while a significant historical figure, is by no measure a "founding father"
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Jul 4, 2014
Get the Wikipedia article to agree with you and I'll take him off!
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Jan 8, 2017
(61)
15/20 which I hope is reasonable for a Brit.
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Jul 4, 2014
(53)
15/20 is more than reasonable considering such minor characters as bartlett, allen and webster are here
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Jul 26, 2014
(58)
According to the stats, Aaron Burr killed James Madison!
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Jul 4, 2015
(66)
In my stats he killed Paul Revere :)
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Dec 13, 2016
(61)
In mine, he killed James Monroe.
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Jan 9, 2017
(60)
In mine, he shot JR.
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Feb 10, 2017
(67)
Thank you Blinky. That's one of the best answers I've seen in a long time.
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Feb 15, 2017
(36)
+ ALL the points to blinky LOL
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Jul 4, 2017
(66)
I don't get blinky's reference :/
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Jul 5, 2017
(41)
@Djilas: It's a reference to the television show Dallas. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_shot_J.R.%3F
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Jul 10, 2017
(54)
Interesting note about the founder and spelling: John Adams was a strong proponent of standardizing American spelling so that it would be phonetic: he wanted it to be "lite" instead of "light," "fone" instead of "phone," and so on. He thought, and not without reason, that everyone would benefit if the language read the way it sounds. He lost, obviously, but I think a lot of people would prefer if he hadn't...
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Jul 3, 2017
(71)
John Adams had a phone? That's what's great about JetPunk, I learn something new every day. Did Thomas Jefferson have a computer?
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Jul 3, 2017
(38)
Phone was a word before the telephone was invented, it just meant something along the lines of '' speech sound'' then (still does now in certain contexts)
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Jul 4, 2017
(55)
Got 2. Sorry.
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Jul 3, 2017
(69)
The 2nd amendment is clear enough, until gun manufacturers and their lobbyists start deliberately misinterpreting it for the sake of profit.
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Jul 3, 2017
(65)
I kept tried Richard Henry Lee for Patrick Henry. I blame 1776.
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Jul 3, 2017
(32)
I suggest you switch the Revere clue. He never actually said it.
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Jul 3, 2017
(49)
Paul Revere would not have said "the British are coming" as everyone was British since this was still the colonies. If he said anything like this, he would've said "the regulars are coming"
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Jul 3, 2017
(36)
100% knew the first President. Maybe there's hope for the US after all. ;)
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Jul 4, 2017
(66)
No Buttons Gwinnett?
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Jul 5, 2017
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