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U.S. Constitution Facts

Constitution Founding Fathers

George Washington

James Madison

Thomas Jefferson

John Adams

Benjamin Franklin

Alexander Hamilton



George Washington

Lived 1732-1799
Federalist Party
President from 1789-1797
Only "Founding Father" who did not attend college
Shortest Inauguration Speech, 133 words on 3/4/1793
Longest Inauguration Speech, 8,443 words by William Henry Harrison
>>>on 3/4/1841 during cold, blustery day in D.c.
>>>He caught severe cold and died one month later

James Madison

Lived 1751-1836
President 1809-1817
Nickname "Jemmy"
"Father of the Constitution"
Co-Wrote the Federalist Papers with Alexander Hamilton

Thomas Jefferson

Lived 1743-1826
Republican Party
President 1801-1809
Nickname "Long Tom"
Wrote Declaration of Independence while Minister to France
Co-Wrote the Federalist Papers with A. Hamilton
Died broke, books donated and became "Library of Congress"

John Adams

Lived 1735-1826
Federalist Party
President 1797-1801
Nickname "Atlas of American Independence"
First President to live in White House
>>>only 4 months, end of 1800, lost election
>>>to Jefferson, moved out early 1801
Only father of a future President (J. Quincy Adams)
>>>until George Herbert Walker Bush (George W. Bush)

Benjamin Franklin

Lived 1706-1790
Republican Party
Minister to France
Assisted Jefferson to write D.O.I.

Alexander Hamilton

Lived 1755-1804
FOUNDER of the Federalist Party
Secretary of the Treasury (Washington)
Author of the "Federalist Papers"
>>>with Jefferson & Madison
Loyalty to Jefferson and Federalist Party cost him his life
when challenged to duel with Aaron Burr (loser of elections)