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Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Author, politician, diplomat, scientist and statesman. Franklin urged the colonies to join together and one of the strongest supporters for the idea of a United States.


George Washington (1732–1799) Founding Father of the United States. Elected the first President of the United States in 1788, serving for eight years. Regarded as the ‘Father of the Country”


Thomas Paine (1737-1809) English-American writer and political activist. In 1776, he wrote the best selling pamphlet Common Sense. This advocated America seeking independence from Great Britain.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Founding Father and principle author of The Declaration of Independence (1776). Third President of the US, Jefferson helped to expand the territory of the US through the Louisiana Declaration(1803).


Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) Founding Father, who served as a soldier, economist, and lawyer. The first United States Secretary of the Treasury, establishing a national bank, and taxation system. Negotiated trade deals with Great Britain.


John Adams (1735-1826) Founding Father and the second US President. Adams assisted Thomas Jefferson in writing the Declaration of Independence and helped to pass the Declaration through congress.


James Madison (1751-1836) Fourth president of the US (1809-1817) Drafted the US Constitution and the US Bill of Rights. In 1788, along with Hamilton and John Jay, he wrote the Federalist Papers.


John Marshall (1755-1835) Influential fourth Chief Justice of the United States (1801-1835). His opinions helped to lay the framework for American constitutional law and the Supreme Court.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 16th President of the US from 1861-1865. He led the Union forces during the American civil war. Lincoln led the north to victoJohn D. Rockefeller (1839 – 1937) Rockefeller was a successful businessman who controlled much of the US oil and railroad industries. His name became synonymous with wealth and economic power.ry preserving the Union and passing a bill to abolish legal slavery.


Henry Ford (1864-1947) Founder of Ford motor company. Ford pioneered the use of the assembly line for making cars, helping to reduce the price and make cars affordable for the average American consumer.


Wright Brothers Orville (1871 – 1948) and Wilbur (1867 – 1912 ) who successfully made the first powered air flight in 1903.
They continued to develop aeroplanes ushering in a new world of flight.


Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 – 1945) – US President 1932 – 1945.
The longest serving US President, Roosevelt came to power during the crisis of the 1932 recession. He expanded federal government to deal with crisis and oversaw the US entry into the Second World War.


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Essay Outline

I. Early Life (Introduction)

   a. Birthplace and date of birth

   b. Family background and childhood

   c. School, Collefes and early young adult experiences


II. Adult Life (Body)

   a. Marriage, chilren, personal life

   b. Carreer beginning

   c. What is this person's talent?

   d. What Makes this person stand out?

   e. Important Accomplishments


III. Conclusion (Summary)

   a. How has your person influenced you or the world?

   b. How has your person given back to the community?

   c. How will your person be remembered in the future?


Cover Page:

   a. Title of your paper

   b. Your Name

   c. Today's Date

   d. Picture of the person



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