Founding Fathers Friday: John Rutledge

Many of the Founding Father had tragic lives, especially at the end of their lives. But John Rutledge’s life was the stuff of Greek tragedy. Born on September 17, 1739, to one of the wealthiest families in Charleston, South Carolina, Rutledge his early childhood surrounded by luxury and ease. His father, an Irish immigrant and […]

Founding Fathers Friday: George Washington

“The indispensable man.” “The father of his country.” “First and war—first in peace—and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” George Washington was all of these . . . and more. The Duke of Wellington believed Washington was “perhaps the purest and noblest character of modern times.” In the eyes of John Adams, Washington was […]

Founding Fathers Friday: Patrick Henry

At the beginning of the American Revolution three Virginians sat at the pinnacle of prominence: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry. Jefferson, the pen of the Revolution, Washington, the sword of the Revolution, and Henry, the voice of the Revolution. Two—Washington and Jefferson—would establish lasting fame as national heroes. And ironically, the man who […]

Founding Fathers Friday: James Monroe

George Washington is the first Founding Father, if not by chronological at least in historical importance. Of this, few would dispute. James Monroe is the last Founding Father—if not in historical importance at least by chronological. Like all of the Virginia Founders, except Patrick Henry, Monroe was born to relative wealth and property. Born on […]

Founding Fathers Friday: James Madison

When George Washington walked into a room every head snapped to gaze upon his nearly six-foot-two frame. And when he was in uniform he displaced respect and reverence equal to his 175 pounds, like a battleship displacing its weight in water. James Madison couldn’t displace water in a glass. No one paid attention when he […]

Founding Fathers Friday: James McClurg

Founders like George Washington, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklin have become almost demigod-like in our history. Maybe not so much today, but at various times in our history we’ve placed certain Founders on unreachable pedestals. In the summer of 1787, these and other notable Founders hadn’t quite reached the demigod status—though Washington and Franklin were […]

Founding Fathers Friday: George Mason

He once said he’d rather cut off his hand than sign the Constitution. The Founder who became the godfather of the Declaration of Independence and the “Father of the Bill of Rights” never came around to support the newly created national government. In the eyes of George Mason, the only sure guard of liberty came […]

Founding Fathers Friday: Edmund Randolph

James Madison is considered the Father of the Constitution. If that’s true, then Edmund Randolph must be the Godfather of the Constitution. Born in Virginia’s colonial capital of Williamsburg on August 10, 1753, Randolph was the son John Randolph, a successful attorney in the colony. After graduating from the College of William and Mary, Randolph […]

Founding Fathers Friday: John Blair

It’s probably unfair to say that John Blair was the do nothing, say nothing Founding Father. He at least signed the Constitution. And to do that he had to at least show up in Philadelphia, fulfilling once again the old cliché that showing up is half the battle. Unlike most of our Founding Fathers—famous or […]

Founding Fathers Friday: Daniel Carroll

The location of the federal capital was hotly debated in the years following the American Revolution. During the war, the government headquartered in Philadelphia. And Philadelphia made a strong case for retaining the capital within her city limits. All all, she was the largest city in the newly formed United States. But as we all […]