Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father and Third President of the United States of America.Apr 13, 1743 - Jul 04, 1826
Thomas Jefferson is known as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He helped the Americans to realize
they needed to separate
from Great Britain (England) and form the new nation
. He was the main author
of the Declaration of Independence. Before becoming
President of the United States in 1800, he was the Vice President under John Adams.
He was born and educated in Virginia. After graduating from college
, he became a lawyer
. He helped to increase
the new United States shipping trade
as President. He also organized
the Louisiana Purchase which gave the United States more land as its own. He served two terms as President and is considered
one of the greatest Presidents of the United States.
Benjamin Franklin- Politician, Author and Inventor Jan 17, 1706 - Apr 17, 1790
Benjamin Franklin was also considered
one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. He was a well-known author
. Many of his writings caused great uproar
when the colonies were having such political
differences with England (Great Britain). In fact
, some people said he was a revolutionary
because his literary
works helped the people in fighting to leave (separate
from) England and become their own country . He is noted for his many inventions, as well. His major
inventions were that of electricity
, the lightning
rod, and a cooking stove. Benjamin Franklin was a former speaker
of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
His writings include Poor Richard’s Almanack
. He was focused on improving one’s one behavior
and even wrote a list of 13 virtues that he tried to improve
his life. He wrote these at the early age of 20.
They are as follows: 1. Temperance, 2. Silence, 3. Order, 4. Resolution, 5. Frugality, 6. Industry, 7. Sincerity, 8. Justice, 9. Moderation, 10. Cleanliness, 11. Tranquility, 12. Chastity, and 13. Humility. Franklin was an excellent
reader, but did not graduate
from any well- known school or college
. He was as some would say, self- educated. His family did not have the money to send him to school.