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Founding Fathers

Benjamin Franklin’s last great quote and the Constitution

November 13, 2018 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1789 that Founding Father Benjamin Franklin wrote what was probably his last great quote, a saying about the Constitution and life that became true about five months later.

On This Day: The first bitter, contested presidential election takes place

November 4, 2018 By NCC Staff

In a campaign that rivals any current presidential election for insults and rancor, John Adams defeated Thomas Jefferson on this day in the 1796 election in a race that changed American politics forever.

On This Day: The Stamp Act plants seeds of the Revolution

November 1, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On November 1, 1765, the hated Stamp Tax authorized by King George III went to effect in the colonies despite months of protests. The act would be quickly repealed, but it started a series of events that led to the American Revolution.

Three ghoulish tales of body snatchers, presidents and the Founders

October 31, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

In a special Halloween feature, Constitution Daily looks at two real-life body snatching stories related to three U.S. Presidents, and a ghoulish tale involving Alexander Hamilton and John Jay.

10 little-known facts about the ultimate patriot, John Adams

October 30, 2018 By NCC Staff

John Adams is one of the pivotal figures in American history, as a political philosopher, patriot, statesman, father – and the second President of the United States. So how much do you know this essential Founding Father on his birthday?

On This Day: The first Federalist Paper is published

October 27, 2018 By Lana Ulrich

On October 27, 1787, the first of the Federalist Papers is published in support of the newly signed Constitution.

On This Day: The First Continental Congress concludes

October 26, 2018 By NCC Staff

On October 26, 1774, the First Continental Congress ended its initial session in Philadelphia with a list of rights belonging to Colonists and threats of an economic boycott. Within six months, however, armed conflict broke out on American soil.

Peyton Randolph: The forgotten revolutionary president

October 22, 2018 By NCC Staff

The first president of the Continental Congress was George Washington’s close friend and Thomas Jefferson’s cousin. So who was this forgotten forefather and why was he a crucial revolutionary figure?

Remembering another important Lincoln in American history

October 19, 2018 By NCC Staff

Today marks the anniversary of the American victory at Yorktown, which effectively ended the Revolutionary War. But did you know the British Army surrendered to a Lincoln, and not a Washington on that fateful day?

On This Day: “No taxation without representation!”

October 7, 2018 By NCC Staff

The Stamp Act Congress met 253 years ago today in New York, an effort that led nine Colonies to declare the English crown had no right to tax Americans who lacked representation in British Parliament.

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