In honor of Presidents’ Day, we asked our intern team at Madison Liberty who their favorite Founders were and to write a brief paragraph to explain why. Read their thoughts below!
Abigail Adams did not attend the Constitutional convention or fight in the revolutionary war. However, Adams epitomized the American spirit. She was intelligent, resourceful, and managed a family and a farm by herself while John Adams spent much of his time away from home. Adams wrote frequently to her husband and the content of her letters found their way into themes of the Constitution. In 1775, she warned that “I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature and that power, whether vested in many or a few, is ever grasping, and like the grave, cries, ‘Give, give’.” Adams understood the draw of power and consistent with her insight into human nature, she advocated for women’s education and property rights. As First Lady and one of the closest advisors to John Adams, and the mother of President John Quincy Adams, Abigail Adams exerted a subtle but pervasive influence on American politics.
“Benjamin Franklin is a founding father that is familiar to all for his brilliance and love for America. We wear his bifocals, we wish to have his face in our pocket on a hundred dollar bill, and most of all we love his legacy of freedom– the country he left for us. Benjamin Franklin inspires me because he chose to use his talents to further causes of good. He was smart and created many inventions that we still use today. But I especially love that he used and nurtured his talents to fight for the cause of freedom. This inspires me to follow in his footsteps and use my abilities towards the same fulfilling ends. I don’t think Benjamin Franklin would have been such an asset to the founding of the United States of America without his talents and unique abilities and his hard work to always be learning and improving himself and his surroundings. We all have unique capacities that enable us to serve a specific purpose in this world and among our families and friends. We can leave a great legacy and move forward the cause of freedom if we nurture our talents and actively take a stand for liberty. Thanks to great men like Benjamin Franklin we enjoy freedom every day, and we are privileged to be asked to sustain it. In doing so, we join the force of freedom of Benjamin Franklin and innumerable others who cared enough to give future generations (me and you) the priceless gift of freedom.”
“To me, George Washington is a special example of a founding father. It is an honor, privilege, and great responsibility to be the very first man to become our president of this great country.
He was known to speak up only when something was important. People would listen because it was not often that he would share. Washington was humble, virtuous, and a religious man that fulfilled a very important duty.”
“On this great holiday of honoring our Presidents, I was brought to reflection on the president that I appreciate the most. A such, I concluded the president I admire the most is George Washington. This goes back to my early childhood were the first biography report I wrote was on George Washington. The one thing I can remember from that book report was that he could allegedly crack a walnut with his bare hand. As I learned more about this giant of a man the more important things about his character stood out. As the leader of the revolutionary forces he was inspiring in the way he honored God, his family, and his future country. When the revolutionary war was over he was the only president unanimously elected by the Electoral College. This goes to show the great respect that his county men had for him. When the time came he set the example for all men with great power by stepping down after his second term in office. In his resignation speech he said, “Having now finished the work assigned to me, I retire from the great theatre of action; and bidding an affectionate farewell to this august body, under whose orders I have so long acted, I here offer my commission, and take any leave of all the employments of public life.” President George Washington was a great man that knew his office was to serve his. When his time to serve was over he went back in support of his God and his family. ”
“Hard-Working, inspired, creative, intuitive: a combination of descriptors fit only for the worthiest of people. Many of our countries founding fathers, however, I am only referring to one of these infamous individuals. He dedicated extensive hours to drafting, deliberating and scripting our beloved constitution. Thanks to him, we have a government with checks and balances, along with a bicameral legislative system so that everyone in our great country’s voice is heard. Without James Madison’s work before, during, and after the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Madison recognized the danger in large governments and strived to avoid its tyrannical power. He once said, “The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived.” I will forever be grateful for Madison, as well as all the great men who recognized the importance of an organized, strong government with even stronger citizens. They truly made America the most successful and worthy nation of all others in our time.”
Joan of Arc
“When asked who my favorite founder was, my mind began to contemplate all my possibilities. Thomas Jefferson was so smart. George Washington was humble and brave. James Madison is the Father of our Constitution, so naturally, he’s cool. However, in the end, I decided I wanted to take a unique approach and settle for Joan of Arc as my favorite founder. I know, what everyone is thinking. Joan wasn’t there to sign any of our founding documents; in fact, she lived hundreds of years before America declared her independence, so she doesn’t count right? Think again. Joan’s life had an indirect impact on the founding of this county. During the revolutionary war when America was on the brink of surrender, France came in and turned the tides that lead to our victory. However, what if France didn’t step in? Or even worst, what if France didn’t exist? If it weren’t for Joan, France would have been lost to the English during the 100-year war and therefore wouldn’t have been able to come to America’s aide during the war. She also had a significant impact on Christopher Columbus in the discovery of America because they both had similar experiences. Also, the high moral standards she was inspired to put in place for the French army were used by George Washington and then used by the American military for years to follow. Joan gave it all for the cause of freedom. Her willingness to follow her inspiration, her high standard of morality and decency, as well as her bravery are genuinely inspiring. She is truly an example to all of us that if we are willing to “Act, and God will act.” (Joan of Arc)”
“Thomas Jefferson is definitely my favorite Founding Father. He has inspired me to take my study of the principles of successful government very seriously. Not only was he an extraordinary scholar, but he was remarkably humble and well mannered. He was kind and patient with those who slandered him. Thomas Jefferson has set a blueprint and model for learning that I strive to follow. One of my favorite things about Thomas Jefferson was how inquisitive he was. He was a voracious learner, always questions and recording everything he learned in his personal journals. I believe that if each of us were a little more like Thomas Jefferson, this world and our relationships with one another would truly be an incredible place.”