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Founding Fathers

Happy birthday to the Founders’ painter, Gilbert Stuart

December 3, 2019 by NCC Staff

It’s quite possible that many Americans have seen the art work of Gilbert Stuart more than any other painter. But what do you really know about the Founding-era artist?

10 reasons why America’s first constitution failed

November 17, 2019 by NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1777 that the Articles of Confederation, the first American constitution, was sent to the 13 states for consideration. It didn’t last a decade, for some obvious reasons.

Benjamin Franklin’s last great quote and the Constitution

November 13, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 by Scott Bomboy

On November 1, 1765, the hated Stamp Act authorized by King George III went into 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 The act would be quickly repealed, but it started a series of events that led to the American Revolution.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, 2019 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.

On This Day: The first Federalist Paper is published

October 27, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 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?

On this day: “No taxation without representation!”

October 7, 2019 by NCC Staff

The Stamp Act Congress met on this day in New York in 1765, a meeting 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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