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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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level 55
May 20, 2014
My son's name is Nathan Andrew, but we did consider Nathan Hale.
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level 44
Jul 2, 2014
Cannot believe I missed John Hancock!
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level 70
Jul 2, 2014
No George Mason?
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level 47
Jul 2, 2014
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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level 42
Jul 3, 2014
That was my reaction as well.
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level ∞
Jan 8, 2017
Added George Mason. I would wager that he will be one on the least-guessed answers.
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level 67
Jan 11, 2017
Last place so far
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level 72
Jan 19, 2017
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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level 60
Feb 10, 2017
And so he was!
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level 54
Jul 3, 2017
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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level 69
Jul 3, 2017
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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level 62
Jul 4, 2017
I guess I have an advantage on Mason, living 5 miles from the university named after him!
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level 48
Jul 2, 2014
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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level 71
Jul 2, 2014
Might also consider adding Herbie Hancock to the quiz.
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level 44
Jul 2, 2014
Founding Father of Fusion
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level 47
Jul 2, 2014
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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level 37
Jul 3, 2014
John Adams should definitely be on here.
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level 37
Jul 4, 2014
Agreed. But he's obnoxious and disliked You know that, sir.
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level 66
Jun 29, 2015
So we rewrite history so no one who might offend, for one reason or another, appears?
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level 65
Jul 1, 2016
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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level 32
Jul 3, 2017
+1,000 points to Gryffindor for the 1776 reference and 1,000 more for no one getting it.
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level 38
Jul 4, 2017
Agree with aemcg710 - Nice allusion, aliberti68! (I really want a "Like" button for JetPunk comments!)
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Jan 8, 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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level 63
Jul 3, 2017
...in that case, I think you picked the wrong one.
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level 24
Jul 3, 2014
Nathan Hale is my 5 great grandfather.
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level 42
Jul 3, 2014
Thank you for a great quiz! I do wish George Mason was included. :)
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level 57
Jul 4, 2014
Yes. Noah Webster, while a significant historical figure, is by no measure a "founding father"
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Jan 8, 2017
Get the Wikipedia article to agree with you and I'll take him off!
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level 61
Jul 4, 2014
15/20 which I hope is reasonable for a Brit.
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level 53
Jul 26, 2014
15/20 is more than reasonable considering such minor characters as bartlett, allen and webster are here
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level 58
Jul 4, 2015
According to the stats, Aaron Burr killed James Madison!
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level 67
Dec 13, 2016
In my stats he killed Paul Revere :)
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level 62
Jan 9, 2017
In mine, he killed James Monroe.
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level 60
Feb 10, 2017
In mine, he shot JR.
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level 67
Feb 15, 2017
Thank you Blinky. That's one of the best answers I've seen in a long time.
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level 38
Jul 4, 2017
+ ALL the points to blinky LOL
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level 67
Jul 5, 2017
I don't get blinky's reference :/
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level 43
Jul 10, 2017
@Djilas: It's a reference to the television show Dallas. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_shot_J.R.%3F
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level 54
Jul 3, 2017
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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level 71
Jul 3, 2017
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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level 39
Jul 4, 2017
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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level 55
Jul 3, 2017
Got 2. Sorry.
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level 70
Jul 3, 2017
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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level 66
Jul 3, 2017
I kept tried Richard Henry Lee for Patrick Henry. I blame 1776.
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level 32
Jul 3, 2017
I suggest you switch the Revere clue. He never actually said it.
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level 50
Jul 3, 2017
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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level 38
Jul 4, 2017
100% knew the first President. Maybe there's hope for the US after all. ;)
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level 67
Jul 5, 2017
No Buttons Gwinnett?
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