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Wheatley was a slave to a prominent Boston family. She was treated like family, educated, and wrote poetry that was published.

She never had true freedom and died impoverished.

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Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams

Samuel was cousin to John Adams and preferred to work “behind the scenes” of the Revolution.

He signed the Declaration of Independence and was part of the Boston Tea Party.

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John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones

Jones was known as the Father of the American Navy

He was quoted as having said, “I have not yet begun to fight.”

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John Hancock

John Hancock

Hancock was known for his legible signature (shown below)

He signed the Declaration of Independence first and said something to the effect of, “Let’s see if [King ] George can read that!”

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Molly Pitcher—Mary Hays McCauly

Molly Pitcher—Mary Hays McCauly

Molly Pitcher went to war with her husband and brought water to the soldiers.

When her husband was wounded, she took his spot at the cannon and kept on fighting.

President Washington gave her an award for her courage.

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Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

Hamilton was the nation’s first secretary of the treasury

He was a bold and creative thinker

His ideas greatly influence our government today

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George Washington

George Washington

Known as the “Father of Our Country”, he was really the 12th president

He was deeply concerned with helping the fledgling republic flourish

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Dolley Madison

Dolley Madison

Dolley is most noted for saving the painting of George Washington that hung in the White House when the British burned it during the War of 1812

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James Madison

James Madison

James is the “Father of the Constitution”

He received many ideas from those he associated with, but the final written copy was in his words

He designed our system of checks and balances

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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

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