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The Best American Founding Fathers

List Rules
Signers of the Declaration of Independence and/or 1787 Constitutional Convention delegates only. Upvote the men who had the most important impacts on the creation of America.

The Founding Fathers of the United States of America boast luminary names like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and John Adams. But there were dozens of signers of the Declaration of Independence and delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787, many of whom had noteworthy careers in law, politics, and the military. Most of their names are known only to historians or devotees of the period.

There were dozens of people who played key roles in the founding of America, but their names have been overshadowed by the most famous of the Founders. Here's your chance to vote up the Founders that you think have been unfairly forgotten by history, or that people just don't know enough about. Likewise, if you think a Founding Father is overrated or maybe wasn't as important as people think, give them a down vote.

The Founding Fathers were a pretty interesting bunch of guys, learn more about them (including a cool essay Benjamin Franklin wrote about flatulence!) on this list of Founding Fathers facts!
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  • George Washington
    1
    February 22, 1732—Westmoreland County, Virginia
    • Benjamin Franklin
      2
      January 17, 1706—Boston, MA
      • Alexander Hamilton
        3
        January 11, 1757—Charlestown, Saint Kitts and Nevis
        • Thomas Jefferson
          4
          April 13, 1743—Shadwell, VA
          • Party (if partisan): Democratic-Republican Party
        • James Madison
          5
          March 16, 1751—Port Conway, VA
          • Party (if partisan): Democratic-Republican Party
        • John Adams
          6
          October 30, 1735—Quincy, MA
          • Party (if partisan): Federalist Party
        • Samuel Adams
          7
          September 27, 1722—Boston, MA
          • James Monroe
            8
            Monroe Hall, Virginia, United States of America
            • Party (if partisan): Democratic-Republican Party
          • Patrick Henry
            9
            May 29, 1736—Studley, VA
            • John Hancock
              10
              January 23, 1737—Braintree, MA
              • Gouverneur Morris
                11
                January 30, 1752—New York City, NY
                • Robert Morris
                  12
                  January 20, 1734—Liverpool, United Kingdom
                  • Richard Henry Lee
                    13
                    January 20, 1732—Stratford Hall, VA
                    • Robert Treat Paine
                      14
                      Boston, Massachusetts, USA
                      • Thomas Mifflin
                        15
                        Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
                        • William Livingston
                          16
                          Albany, New York, USA
                          • Rufus King
                            17
                            Scarborough, Maine, USA
                            • Party (if partisan): Federalist Party
                          • Benjamin Rush
                            18
                            January 4, 1746—Philadelphia, PA
                            • Oliver Wolcott
                              19
                              Windsor, Connecticut, USA
                              • George Read
                                20
                                Maryland, USA
                                • Charles Cotesworth Pinckney
                                  21
                                  Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America
                                  • Party (if partisan): Federalist Party
                                • Roger Sherman
                                  22
                                  April 19, 1721—Newton, MA
                                  • John Dickinson
                                    23
                                    Maryland, USA
                                    • Philip Livingston
                                      24
                                      Albany, New York, United States of America
                                      • Jonathan Dayton
                                        25
                                        Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA