Dead Presidents

Historical facts, thoughts, ramblings and collections on the Presidency and about the Presidents of the United States.

By Anthony Bergen
Asker bonniemcewan Asks:
Is it true that John Adams was the only one of the founding fathers who didn't own slaves? Who exactly are considered "founding fathers" anyway?
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

There is no exact definition of who the Founding Fathers were.  For the most part, I think people consider the Founding Fathers as those of the Revolutionary era who signed the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and Constitution.  But it could encompass other builders of the early republic, the leading military commanders of the Revolutionary War, and even the regular soldiers who fought for independence.  But there isn’t an official group that gets the designation.  The term has really only been popularly used in the past 100 years, thanks largely to Warren G. Harding, as I’ve written about before.

No matter which group is defined as the Founding Fathers, there were many others besides John Adams who didn’t own slaves.

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