history 29 Things You Didn't Know About Our Founding Fathers  

Mel Judson
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Get ready for the most fascinating things you never knew about the Founding Fathers. These  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? Well, they were a bunch of cool dudes. These facts about the founding fathers include president trivia about the educations and occupations about these American leaders. For instance, which of the first five presidents did not own a slave? 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 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.

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Benjamin Franklin Invented Your Rocking Chair


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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.

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John Adams Was The Only President Of The First Five Who Didn't Own A Person


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Kudos to John Adams! While the four presidents who held the job before him were slave owners, Adams was in staunch opposition. Adams and his son John Quincy Adams both refused to own a human being when they moved into the White House. Clearly Adams knew that slavery was a divisive issue and a human rights disaster, even though he died several decades before the Civil War.

 

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Benjamin Franklin Could Yell At You In Six Languages


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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.