19 Things You Didn't Know About Our Founding Fathers

Get ready for the most fascinating things you never knew about the Founding FathersThese little-known tidbits about former Presidents of the United States and the group of men who created America with its founding documents may change your view of the American Revolution completely. If you're looking for scandalous John Adams facts, George Washington fun facts, and loads of trivia about Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Jay, this is the list for you. And these are all the facts left out of your U.S. history textbooks.

Who are our Founding Fathers? These facts about the founding fathers include president trivia about the educations and occupations of these American leaders. For instance, who married a 17-year-old? Who was a volunteer firefighter, and what president was an awesome dancer? The only way to find out is to check out all of these fun facts about the Founding Fathers. And don't forget to file away Benjamin Franklin's essay entitled "Fart Proudly" for your next dinner party conversation starter.

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  • Benjamin Franklin Volunteered For The Fire Department
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    Benjamin Franklin Volunteered For The Fire Department

    Benjamin Franklin not only gave birth to the United States and invented all kinds of stuff you've probably heard of, like bifocals, he also put out literal fires. Franklin not only established America's first volunteer fire department, but he was a firefighter himself and volunteered after witnessing a local blaze.

  • Benjamin Franklin Invented Your Rocking Chair
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    Benjamin Franklin Invented Your Rocking Chair

    Here's just one of many cool Benjamin Franklin inventions. Back in the 1700s, Franklin fitted his armchair's legs with curved wooden pieces, giving him credit for the invention of the rocking chair. And it's not a huge surprise. Franklin also figured out electricity, so clearly he had all kinds of tricks up his sleeve.

  • Benjamin Franklin Could Yell At You In Six Languages
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    Benjamin Franklin Could Yell At You In Six Languages

    In more Ben Franklin news, America's oldest founding father was also a linguaphile. No, that doesn't mean anything dirty – it means he loved languages. In addition to English, Franklin spoke French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Latin. Now that's a good education.

  • Thomas Jefferson Had 6,500 Books
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    Thomas Jefferson Had 6,500 Books

    Thomas Jefferson was such a hoarder of books that he once said "I cannot live without books." Don't believe him? This Founding Father helped create the Library of Congress. In its early years, Jefferson sold his collection of 6,500 books to the Library of Congress for almost $24,000.

  • John Adams Went to Harvard At The Age Of 16
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    John Adams Went to Harvard At The Age Of 16

    Most people get rejected from Harvard, but not John Adams. In fact, he put every student in the United States to shame by attending the prestigious school when he was only sixteen. Adams graduated within four years and excelled at his studies.

     

  • George Washington Was A World-Class Dancer
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    George Washington Was A World-Class Dancer

    Most people don't think of the Founding Fathers as a very celebratory bunch, but that would be the wrong impression. In fact, the first president of the United States happened to be a good dancer. Dancing was one of the many activities George Washington loved to do with his wife Martha, and he even studied formal dancing as a teenage boy. Thankfully, he didn't become a professional dancer, or history might have looked very different.