America celebrated its independence just two days ago… a freedom founded almost 250 years ago. Our founding fathers discussed freedoms for all aspects of life, scorned injustice, rallied the masses, and never, ever lost sight of a new and better country. Have you ever wondered who these men were and what their lives aside of the roles they played? Read on for interesting insights on a favorite few.

George Washington… first and only President unanimously elected to lead the country… twice.  So fearless in battle he had multiple horses shot out from under him and his jackets sported countless bullet holes. Washington never abused power and set a precedence for two presidential terms. He was the only president to free his slaves. Married to Martha, George was reputed to love parties and be an excellent dancer. He died childless at the age of sixty-seven and never cut down a cherry tree.

John Adams was known more for philosophies than political aspirations. The second president of the United States and the first to run against an opposing party, his strong belief in a strong defense resulted in being named the “ the Father of the Navy.” Adams fathered six children and was first to live in the White House.

Thomas Jefferson, a fiery redhead, is the author of the Declaration of Independence, and third president. He authorized the Louisiana Purchase, expanding the boundaries of the USA. Jefferson owned over 600 slaves in his lifetime, one with which he fathered six children. He also had six children with his first wife. Thomas Jefferson died on July 4th,1826, the same day as John Adams and the fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. We may also thank him for inventing the macaroni making machine.

Benjamin Franklin had only two years of formal education. He loved to swim, both clothed and unclothed. Franklin was one of the last to sign the Declaration of Independence, feeling compromise with Britain was a better solution. Quite the ladies’ man, Benjamin was a fashion icon in France. He is credited with inventing the lightening rod, bifocals, and a phonetic alphabet.

Two twenty-six-year-olds, Thomas Lynch Jr., and Edward Rutledge, were the youngest to sign. The Declaration of Independence was only ratified on July 4th. The actual signing was August 2nd. Nine signers died before independence was declared. Signers included farmers, physicians, lawyers, scientists, merchants, and a minister.

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