While unpacking more boxes, Deborah found a pocket copy of The U.S. Constitution, And Fascinating Facts About it. Upon opening the front, I noticed short profiles on six of the founding Fathers; George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Alexander Hamilton.
- Benjamin Franklin was the oldest of these six men by twenty-six years
- Except for Hamilton (who was killed by Aaron Burr in a duel), they lived longer than today’s average life span, with four living beyond age eighty.
- Alexander Hamilton—forty-nine
- George Washington—sixty-seven
- Thomas Jefferson—eighty-three
- Benjamin Franklin—eighty-four
- James Madison—eighty-five
- John Adams—ninety-one
- They were extremely diverse in the political leanings, from elitist to common man, but fought fiercely to get a Constitution that was just and fair.
Some of their quotes are worth remembering:
“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence—it is a force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master; never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.” George Washington
“A little rebellion now and then is a good thing.” Thomas Jefferson
“Our Constitution is in actual operation. Everything appears to promise that it will last. But in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Benjamin Franklin
These six men interacted regularly, and four of them served as President of the United States.
What little know fact do your remember about the founding Fathers? Let us know in the comments.
You can get your own copy of the book at Constitution Facts
Next, the signers of the Constitution and what happened to them after 1787. This is good stuff!