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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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Last updated: November 3, 2018
First submittedMarch 21, 2014
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Founding Father
First President
George Washington
Bill of Rights author
James Madison
Declaration of Independence author
Thomas Jefferson
First Secretary of the Treasury
Alexander Hamilton
Vice President who killed ^ in a duel
Aaron Burr
Inventor, ambassador, publisher,
quote magnet, Lothario
Ben Franklin
The British are coming!
Paul Revere
First signer of the
Declaration of Independence
John Hancock
Sea captain who has not yet
begun to fight!
John Paul Jones
He regrets he had but one life
to give for his country
Nathan Hale
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Founding Father
Green Mountain Boys leader
Ethan Allen
"Common Sense" pamphleteer
Thomas Paine
"Federalist Papers" author and
first Chief Justice
John Jay
Tea Party leader and beer namesake
Samuel Adams
His "Virginia Declaration of Rights"
inspired the U.S. Bill of Rights
George Mason
Chief Justice, 1801-35
John Marshall
"Era of Good Feelings" President
James Monroe
Give him liberty, or give him death!
Patrick Henry
Creator of American spelling
Noah Webster
New Hampshirite and namesake of
the President on "West Wing"
Josiah Bartlett
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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 46
Jul 2, 2014
Cannot believe I missed John Hancock!
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level 77
Jul 2, 2014
No George Mason?
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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 74
Jan 11, 2017
Last place so far
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level 73
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 61
Feb 10, 2017
And so he was!
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level 61
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 71
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 64
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 54
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 77
Jul 2, 2014
Might also consider adding Herbie Hancock to the quiz.
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level 37
Jul 3, 2014
John Adams should definitely be on here.
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level 51
Jul 4, 2014
Agreed. But he's obnoxious and disliked You know that, sir.
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level 73
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 67
Feb 11, 2018
Yes, I know.
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level 54
Jun 10, 2018
Agree with anubis101 - John Adams is a must in any list of founding fathers. And for that matter, Abigail would be a must on a list of founding mothers. And to aliberti68 - love the reference - nicely done, sir!
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level ∞
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 58
Jul 4, 2014
15/20 which I hope is reasonable for a Brit.
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level 51
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 60
Jul 4, 2015
According to the stats, Aaron Burr killed James Madison!
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level 74
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 61
Feb 10, 2017
In mine, he shot JR.
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level 71
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 54
Jul 4, 2017
+ ALL the points to blinky LOL
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level 74
Jul 5, 2017
I don't get blinky's reference :/
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level 42
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 61
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 77
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 43
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 62
Jul 3, 2017
Got 2. Sorry.
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level 77
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 51
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 54
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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level 60
Nov 17, 2017
What are the odds people get Burr from Hamilton the musical?
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level 55
Jun 23, 2018
I am not American but it is no excuse for just getting one!