When you ask someone to list our founding fathers, most people can only mention six men: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, and maybe Alexander Hamilton or Samuel Adams. While these men are fascinating and dominate our history books, what about some of the other important founding fathers? Here are six more men that deserve remembering:
Lemuel Hayes – Hayes worked as an indentured servant before enlisting in the Massachusetts militia and then the Continental Army. Lemuel had a white mother and a black father, and published an anti-slavery book during the Revolutionary era, titled “Liberty Further Extended”.
John Witherspoon - John was a Scots Presbyterian minister, a president of Princeton University, and a teacher of James Madison. He is also the only clergyman to sign the Declaration of Independence.
Roger Sherman – He was the only Patriot to sign all four of the great American founding documents: the Continental Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution. That piece of trivia will definitely win you so points on trivia night.
David Avery – Avery was a pastor in Vermont until the Revolutionary War started. He became one of George Washington’s key chaplains, prayed over American troops at the Battle of Bunker Hill, and on Christmas night 1776, crossed the Delaware with Washington.
John Zubly – Zubly was a Presbyterian pastor from Savannah, Georgia. He led Georgia’s protests against British taxes and became known throughout the colonies as a famous pamphleteer. He represented his state at the 2nd Continental Congress. He did not, however, favor violent revolution. Thus, he became a Loyalist in support of Mother England, and was branded a traitor by his fellow Georgians.