The Best American Founding Fathers

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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
          • John Hancock
            8
            January 23, 1737—Braintree, MA
            • James Monroe
              9
              Monroe Hall, Virginia, British America
              • Party (if partisan): Democratic-Republican Party
            • Patrick Henry
              10
              May 29, 1736—Studley, VA
              • 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
                      • Benjamin Rush
                        15
                        January 4, 1746—Philadelphia, PA
                        • Rufus King
                          16
                          Scarborough, Maine, USA
                          • Party (if partisan): Federalist Party
                        • Roger Sherman
                          17
                          April 19, 1721—Newton, MA
                          • Thomas Mifflin
                            18
                            Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
                            • Charles Cotesworth Pinckney
                              19
                              Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America
                              • Party (if partisan): Federalist Party
                            • George Read
                              20
                              Maryland, USA
                              • Oliver Wolcott
                                21
                                Windsor, Connecticut, USA
                                • Philip Livingston
                                  22
                                  Albany, New York, United States of America
                                  • William Livingston
                                    23
                                    Albany, New York, USA
                                    • John Dickinson
                                      24
                                      Maryland, USA
                                      • James Wilson
                                        25
                                        Ceres, United Kingdom