It Is Astounding How Young So Many Were In The Founding Generation
Let’s get the old folks out of the way first. Benjamin Franklin was 70-years-old in 1776, a time when many people didn’t live to be 70. The famous and fearless John Hancock was 39 and Thomas Jefferson was 33.
But after that? They were just kids, really. Jefferson was a relative elder statesman at 33.
Alexander Hamilton was 21. James Monroe was only 18-years-old!
How old were the Founding Fathers when the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776?
James Madison 25 Thomas Jefferson 33 John Hancock 39 James Monroe 18 Alexander Hamilton 21
So as you celebrate the independence of our still-young nation this Fourth, remember that despite the white wigs and stuffy-looking clothing, the generation who made America possible were very young too.
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