Do you ever wonder what Americas Founding Fathers would think of our country today? How they would marvel at our technological advances! Would they be surprised that we still rely on the US Constitution they created more than 220 years ago?
Might Americas Founding Fathers be upset at the complacency of US citizens today? Would they think us advanced, yet still ignorant of important principles such as individual liberty and the proper role of government? Would they even recognize the government as anything similar to the one they fought and died for?
Let's educate ourselves about these great men, to whom we owe so much.
America's Founding Fathers
There is debate as to who actually were the US Founding Fathers. History shows founding fathers to our Declaration of Independence, founding fathers to the Articles of Confederation, and founding fathers to our US Constitution. All were important to the birth of our United States.
In the summer of 1793, ten thousand people gathered in the streets of Philadelphia threatening to drag Washington out of his house and effect a Revolution, but an outbreak of yellow fever dispersed the mob and saved the national government.
(John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, June 30, 1813)
More than 50 founding fathers were involved in the creation of the Constitution alone, which are often thought of as the founding fathers. All in all, 118 individuals signed one of the three main documents the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution. A few men signed more than one document.
Some people also consider as Americas founding fathers the 95 men who were the senators and congressmen for the First Federal Congress, bringing the total US founding fathers to 204. No matter how you look at it, a lot of men worked hard and sacrificed together to create the foundation for our country. These are some of the founding fathers whose names are reknowned for their contributions to the founding of America:
Religion of Founding Fathers
More and more, people are trying to remove God from having any place in our country, while others stand firm on America being a Christian country founded on Christian principles. Despite the opinions and preferences of people today, the faith of our founding fathers does have a lot to do with the foundation of our country. In fact, over 90% of the 204 total founding fathers had Episcopalian, Presbyterian, or Congregationalist religious affiliations.
In fact, many founding fathers quotes illustrate their particular religious beliefs.
"God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this. I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel." Benjamin Franklin at the Constitutional Convention of 1787
"For my own part, I sincerely esteem it [the Constitution] a system which without the finger of God, never could have been suggested and agreed upon by such a diversity of interests." Alexander Hamilton in 1787 after the Constitutional Convention
More quotes about our founding fathers and religion are available on the internet, some of which are collected here.
Of course there are many more quotes that have nothing to do with their religious views. Read more of their quotes and pearls of wisdom here.
Perhaps one of the sweetest sounding quotes from Americas Founding Fathers is simply,
December 23, 1775
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