Our Founding Fathers

Founding Fathers
The history of the United States is rich in important lessons that must be learned and passed on from one generation to the next. Many of these lessons are best revealed through the beliefs expressed by the founding generation of Americans. By studying the words of our founding fathers, we can better understand our past and the events that shaped the history of our nation.

"Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature, to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings, and a desire to know."


- John Adams



George Washington
George Washington


“Your love of liberty, your respect for the laws, your habits of industry, and your practice of the moral and religious obligations, are the strongest claims to national and individual happiness”









John Adams
John Adams


“A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”









Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson


“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories.”









James Madison
James Madison


"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”









Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton


“The Sacred Rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the Hand of the Divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.”









Samuel Adams
Samuel Adams



“The natural Liberty of Man is to be free from any superior Power on Earth, and not to be under the Will or Legislative Authority of Man, but only to have the Law of Nature for his Rule.”









Thomas Paine
Thomas Paine


“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.”