Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Founding Fathers- Who's Your Choice?




Visit this website and tell me which founding father you would have been, if you were alive in those times. Explain your reasons why, and cite you sources from the website.

20 comments:

  1. If I had been alive during those times, I would most likely have wanted to be Rufus King. One reason why is that he especially trained in public speaking and was one of the more important delegates in Pennsylvania. "He numbered among the most capable orators. Furthermore, he attended every session."
    http://www.archives.gov
    Though King was a delegate, he also served a period as Minister to Great Britain during 1796-1903, and although there were some complications with American's rights over the seas, he was able to smooth things over. Because he was such a distinguished member of the Senate back then, and played an important role in America-Britain relations, I would have really liked to be able to achieve a status and character similar to his.

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  2. If I were a founding father, I would be Roger Sherman from Connecticut. Hardworking like me, Sherman managed to work his way up to a respectable position of power in his community despite his lackluster education. "Purchasing a store, becoming a county surveyor, and winning a variety of town offices, Sherman prospered and assumed leadership in the community." Not only that, he also "somehow...eked out time to publish an essay on monetary theory and a series of almanacs incorporating his own astronomical observations and verse." Sherman is also incredibly pragmatic and resourceful, suggesting offering higher taxes to solve monetary problems in the government rather than becoming dependent through excessive borrowing. "To solve economic problems, at both national and state levels, he advocated high taxes rather than excessive borrowing or the issuance of paper currency." His personal qualities, such as these, are ones I highly admire.

    http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_founding_fathers_connecticut.html#Sherman

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  3. If I was born in those times, I would most likely be William Samuel Johnson. Born in 1727, William Johnson attended Yale and also earned his masters in art from Yale and Harvard. The reason I would be William Johnson is because he continued to resist his father's wishes for him to become a minister. "Resisting his father's wish that he become a minister, Johnson embraced law instead--largely by educating himself and without benefit of formal training." (http://www.archives.gov). I admire this because he decided to follow what he wanted to do with his life, not what his father wished him to persue. Not only that, but also reached his goals by teaching himself. To do this, William Johnson must have been a hard working person, a quality that is important to have. Also, a quality that I wish to share with him as well! William Johnson was also very reliable, "Playing a major role in the Constitutional Convention, he missed no sessions after arriving on June 2" (http://www.archives.gov). This means he also put a lot of his ideas into the constitution and was a big help into putting it together, as well as a reliable person. I admire that he put alot of his hard work into this country.

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  4. If I were alive during that time I would have be George Clymer. The reason why is because he was a soft spoken member of the continental congress, but still made a mark. “In the Continental Congress (1776-77 and 1780-82) the quiet and unassuming Clymer rarely spoke in debate but made his mark in committee efforts, especially those pertaining to commerce, finance, and military affairs.”www.archives.gov
    When Congress moved from Philadelphia to Baltimore, he and two other people stayed behind to continue work on congressional business. His reserve to talk carried on even at the Constitutional Convention. Though he didn’t speak much he had played an important job in shaping the final document. Even though he was soft spoken he helped shape America, I would have been soft spoken, but would have a influence on important issues.

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  5. I would be Benjamin Franklin because he had a strong interest in science as well as art like I do. He was "Energetic and tireless" www.archives.gov
    when it came to pursuing all of his interests including science, art, and politics. He also had a strong passion for his goal of getting rid of slavery. When he was elected President in 1787 of the Pennsylvania Society, "His final public act was signing a memorial to Congress recommending dissolution of the slavery system."
    www.archives.gov
    I admire him for committing a good portion of his life towards abolishing slavory. He was a very hardworking person and did not let anyone, including mobs of angry people, stop him from accomplishing his goals.

    Rebecca Y.
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  6. If I were to be back when the founding fathers were around I would have to be George Washington because he was a big military man. He was a very strong military leading in his time. George lead the British and the American military in his day. A year after being in the West Indies, "Washington began his military career when the royal governor appointed him to an adjutantship in the militia, as a major." http://www.archives.gov
    During his whole life he has alway been a great leader when it came to leading an army to leading a nation. I like him for being a leader for our army and helping create our nation.

    Joey R.
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  8. If I had been alive during those times, I would have been Benjamin Franklin. Benjamin Franklin, the American inventor, political leader, and publisher, achieved success with Poor Richard's Almanac. The book contained the calendar, weather, poems, sayings and vast information that a typical almanac of the period would contain.
    "It won a popularity in the colonies second only to the Bible, and its fame eventually spread to Europe."
    http://www.archives.gov
    Even after Franklin's many achievements he still was devoted on the removal of slavery. That devotion helped him become a well-respected person on the removal of slavery.
    "Energetic nearly to the last, in 1787 he was elected as first president of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery-a cause to which he had committed himself as early as the 1730s."
    http://www.archives.gov
    I would have been grateful if I achieved the respect that Benjamin Franklin has earned from his achievements.

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  9. If I could choose the life of a founding father it would definitely be Benjamin Franklin. He seemed like the kind of person who wasn't afraid of fighting for what he believed in which is like me. No one could change is opinion. I like fighting for what you believe in. Benjamin liked science and politics. I love science and believe it's fascinating. Another reason I would choose to be Ben Franklin is because he didn't believe in slavery. I have strong beliefs in human rights and believe that people deserve to be treated equally. "Energetic nearly to the last, in 1787 he was elected as first president of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery-a cause to which he had committed himself as early as the 1730s."http://www.archives.gov
    He achieved many things throughout his lifetime and remains an important figure in our society.

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  10. If I were to be a founding father, I would most likely have Alexander Hamilton as my first choice. Very educated even in his youth, Hamilton was a force intellectually and widely respected among his colleagues wherever he went. "Although not yet 20 years of age, in 1774-75 Hamilton wrote several widely read pro-Whig pamphlets". In addition, he was also apart of General Washington's personal staff as well as being a close confidant to him. Off the field, he noticed the mess of finances in the government and pres and national debt funding. Hamilton is one of, if not the reason for "shap[ing] the future of the country as a powerful, industrial nation".
    I admire his ambition and intellectual qualities that made him one of the most respected men in our history.

    http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_founding_fathers_new_york.html#Hamilton

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  11. If I was a founding father, I would be Jacob Broom. Jacob Broom was "the eldest son of a blacksmith who prospered in farming." I too have a father who is a blacksmith, more so as a hobby. I have never served in a war, but as a kid I would make maps of our town, writing the best routes to various places, depending on the mode of transportation. Jacob "Broom was not a distinguished patriot. His only recorded service was the preparation of maps for George Washington before the Battle of Brandywine, PA." We have these things in common. We are essentially the same person. "He was involved, too, in an unsuccessful scheme to mine bog iron ore." When I was a kid, I would dig through the mountains in our backyard to find various rocks. I secretly hoped I would find bog iron ore, but I never found any. Broom was into investments, and if he was alive today he would be very successful.
    Sources: www.archives.gov

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  12. If I were a founding father, I would have to be Roger Sherman. Mr. Shermans impulse to absorb knowledge through literature began at an early age, much like mines had. As a result of Roqer Shermans ambition he was able to become a store owner, a county surveyor, and obtain a collection of town office positions. Sherman prospered and assumed leadership in the community. I can relate to this founding father the most because I aspire to have a leadership role in my community. Education and a lively personality has help me achieve many qreat things and become a youth of the year.

    Janiece B
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  13. If I were a founding father, I would have been David Bearly from New Jersey. This is because he was very hard-working and determined. "Although he did not rank among the leaders, he attended the sessions regularly."
    www.archives.gov/
    Bearly worked his way up to the top and fought for what he believed in. "Brearly avidly backed the Revolutionary cause. The British arrested him for high treason."
    www.archives.gov/
    I respect his determination to do what he believed was right.

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  14. If I had lived during that time I would want be James McClurg. The reason why I choose James McClurg is because he spent his studies in the medical field which i would want to get my degree in. "He attended the College of William and Mary and graduated in 1762. McClurg then studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh and received his degree in 1770." " James McClurg's reputation continued to grow, and he was regarded as one of the most eminent physicians in Virginia. In 1820 and 1821 he was president of the state medical society."
    http://www.archives.gov
    "James McClurg served as a president of the state medical society in 1820 and 1821."
    http://www.archives.gov
    James McClurg political views were waiting to gain presidency to over rule state laws to greater sovereignty. I would of liked to have been James McClurg because he shows that working hard gets you far in your career which i would like to one day.

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  15. If I were to be one of the Founding Fathers if I lived in those times, I would have been George Clymer. I would have wanted to be George Clymer because he was a quiet member of the Continental Congress and didn't open his mouth often to speak in these debates. Though he did not use words too often, he would usually make a strong impact on debates. "In the Continental Congress (1776-77 and 1780-82) the quiet and unassuming Clymer rarely spoke in debate..." http://www.archives.gov
    This relates to me because I do not contribute a lot in debates or discussions with words but i make an effort to make things happen.

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  16. If I chose to be one of the founding fathers I would have to choose George Washington. He was not only our first president but one of our leading military officers. Out of all his six siblings he was the brightest and most outgoing. Starting very young in his life he joined groups to better himself, "At the age of 16, in 1748, Washington joined a surveying party sent out to the Shenandoah Valley by Lord Fairfax, a land baron...The next year, Washington began his military career when the royal governor appointed him to an adjutantship in the militia, as a major. That same year, as a gubernatorial emissary, accompanied by a guide, he traveled to Fort Le Boeuf, PA, in the Ohio River Valley, and delivered to French authorities an ultimatum to cease fortification and settlement in English territory. During the trip, he tried to better British relations with various Indian tribes.In 1754, winning the rank of lieutenant colonel and then colonel in the militia, Washington led a force that sought to challenge French control of the Ohio River Valley."
    http://www.archives.gov
    So it's clearly obvious why if I was going to be anyone it would be the great George Washington.

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  17. If I was alive during these times I would have to be Benjamin Franklin. Benjamin Franklin didn't spent all of his hours focused on politics, once he was economicly stable, "[...]he also found time to pursue his interest in science[...]" (http://www.archives.gov)and like him, i also very much enjoy the field of science. Benjamin was also thought to be "principally self-taught" (http://www.archives.gov) and i share that same idea about myself. He was very passionate about his work. So much, that even in his old frail age he saw to it that he missed as few meetings as possible. He also had a strong belief in the dissolution of the slavery system, which if i had been alive at the time would have probablyassisted him with it. I liked Benjamin Franklin the most though, because he experimented in science and politics, but still had it in him to have fun with his life, and i admire that quality in people.

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  18. If I were alive during these times I would have been Jared Ingersoll. Ingersoll traveled a lot to get his education, "...Jared, Jr., sailed to London and studied law at the Middle Temple. Completing his work in 1776, he made a 2-year tour of the Continent..." http://www.archives.gov. I also want to travel a lot for my education because its a good way to get variety. He also was a prominent member of the community, he held positions as; community council, attorney general, city solicitor, and a judge. In 1791, he had his own court and held many memorable cases such as; Chisholm v. Georgia (1792) and Hylton v. United States (1796). I am like him because he tried to fulfill his life to the maximum and was an active member of the community up until the week he died which is very honorable.

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  19. If I had been alive in those times I would have been William Paterson. The reason why is because William Paterson's family emigrated from Ireland into the United States. Even though I never emigrated into the US, my family did. "When he was almost 2 years of age, his family emigrated to America, disembarking at New Castle, DE."
    http://www.archives.gov
    Mr Paterson was also a strong supporter for American Independence. Also Mr. Patterson had an important role over a major of trials. "Paterson served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court." "http://www.archives.gov"
    I would like to have an important role in the government some day just like Mr. Paterson

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  20. If i had been alive during those crazy old times, I would have been John Langdon. John Langdon was an active man who took part of the revolution."Langdon also actively took part in the land war"~ www.archives.gov
    I also feels it's pretty smart that he did lucrative work and went against the British as he made money. "In addition, he built privateers for operations against the British--a lucrative occupation."~www.archives.gov
    I find it incredible to believe that John Langdon was a member of the committee that found a comprise for the issue of slavery.
    Langdon refused the Democratic-Republican Vice-Presidential nomination because of his age and health but he ended up living for 7 more years before he kicked the bucket at 78.
    "He enjoyed retirement for another 7 years before he died at the age of 78."~www.archives.gov

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