The Ages of the Founding Fathers

The Founding Fathers were industrious and positive thinking men. They lived not only fruitful lives, but lives full of activity, wisdom, leadership, and friendship.

Benjamin Franklin, who took part in most of the life changing events of his time, lived to be 84. He died in 1790.

George Washington, the indispensible man, our nation wouldn’t exist without his accomplishments, died at the age of 67. He died in December of 1799, just before the new century was rung in.

Patrick Henry also died in 1799. He was known as America’s noble patriot and the first national hero. He was only 63 when he left his family of 17 children.

John Adams, our second President, gave his all to create the new nation. His accomplishments are without measure. John died at the age of 91. Coincidentally he passed away on the exact same day as Thomas Jefferson. July 4, 1826. That was the 50th anniversary of their joint enterprise, the Declaration of Independence.

Thomas Jefferson was 83 when he joined John Adams in death. He wanted to be remembered as the author of the Declaration of Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for Freedom of Religion, and as the Father of the University of Virginia, which he designed and presided over in his retirement.

James Madison, the Father of the Constitution was 83 when he left this world. When he was asked about his beliefs regarding God, he said: “Belief in a God All Powerful wise and good is so essential to the moral order of the World and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources.”

They all expected to report their actions in life to their God. I think they will all be entitled to God’s welcome and His firm embrace!

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