Technically, no. Lincoln was not a Founder. Rather, the Founding Fathers were those were present for the making of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and those who shaped the country as it was being formed. Lincoln's legacy in history is as the Savior and Protector of the Union, but not as a Founding Father.
John Adams, Patrick Henry, and Thomas Jefferson were a few of the important Founding Fathers who weren't present at the Constitutional Convention. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were overseas, and Patrick Henry refused to attend because he "smelt a rat" and didn't trust the intentions of his fellow delegates.
The word 'founding' is the present participle, present tense of the verb to found. The present participle also functions as an adjective and a verbal noun (gerund). Examples:We're founding a scholarship fund with the proceeds from the lawsuit. (verb)She was a founding member of the organization. (adjective)He was credited with founding the company. (noun)
The Declaration of IndependenceThe Declaration of Independence was written in the summer of 1776 primarily by Thomas Jefferson, agreed upon on July 2 by the Second Continental Congress, sent to the printer on July 4, and all signatures were collected in the following weeks. Because not all delegates were present in Philadelphia at that time, the signing of the document took some time to complete. Most agree on the date August 2 as the official completion.
The US Constitution is the document that created the present government of the United States of America. It has the force of law and is the supreme law of the land. The Declaration of Independence is an open letter to the world announcing that the former colonies now considered themselves independent from the rule of Great Britain and giving the reasons for it. It has no force of law at all.
The Founding Fathers were a group of well-educated men who led America in the early stages of her history. These men risked their lives for the freedom of Americans. This began with achieving independence of the thirteen colonies from England, and continued with the formation of a government for the new nation once the Revolutionary War had been won.As for specific people, the 7 Founding Fathers included: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, Alexandra Hamilton, John Hancock and Benjamin Franklin.If one considers any of the people who participated in the forming of this Republic or of evicting the King to be "Founding Fathers," then naturally the Framers of the Constitution are a subset of the Founders, since they gave us the format and structure for the Republic. Of course, the number who might be deemed Founding Fathers would be larger than the list of Framers, a case in point being Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, who were not present at the writing of the Constitution, but were surely Founding Fathers.Men that historians say were influential include:Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Hancock, Thomas Paine, Roger Sherman, John Jay, James Wilson, and Governor Morris. It would be impossible to construct a list which would be accepted by all historians.George Washington , Thomas Jefferson , Nathan Hale , Benjamin Franklin , Samuel Adams , John Adams
Because the "HE" refers to all mankind in relation to the point of the declaration of independence While no name is given to the "He" in the Declaration, there is a clear reference back to the "present King of Great Britain" at the end of the second paragraph. Therefore, "He" clearly specifically means King George III. That still does not answer why the Declaration did not say King George III or the present King of Great Britain, George III or something using his actual name. Most likely it was out of the civility that prevailed at the time. In my opinion, referring to the King by name, would have made the issue very personal and the revolution was business, not personal.
Ben Franklin was one of the original five drafters of the US Declaration of Independence. 56 delegates (including Ben Franklin), representing the 13 states of America, signed the declaration, most of them signing it on August 2, 1776, but some representatives were not present and added their names later. It would therefore seem most likely that Ben Franklin signed it with his colleagues on August 2, 1776. For more details about the Declaration, see Related Links below this box.
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