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To: Paul46360
Jefferson would be my favorite character from a long list of remarkable people from that Age of Reason.

How Old Were the Leaders of the American Revolution on July 4, 1776?
Younger than you think.
By Todd Andrlik


Image courtesy of John Trumbull/Wikimedia Commons

It’s a simple question—perhaps so basic that it’s been overlooked: How old were the leaders of the American Revolution?

As it turns out, many Founding Fathers were younger than 40 years old in 1776, with several qualifying as Founding Teenagers or Twentysomethings. And though the average age of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was 44, more than a dozen of them were 35 or younger.

“We tend to see them as much older than they were,” said John Adams biographer David McCullough in a 2005 speech. “Because we’re seeing them in portraits by Gilbert Stuart and others when they were truly the Founding Fathers—when they were president or chief justice of the Supreme Court and their hair, if it hadn’t turned white, was powdered white. We see the awkward teeth. We see the elder statesmen. At the time of the revolution, they were all young. It was a young man’s–young woman’s cause.”

A list of ages of important American Revolution characters seems elementary enough, and certainly easy to assemble, yet I wasn’t able to find such a list anywhere I looked. And I don’t recall ever stumbling upon such an appendix while researching my book, so I figured I’d just make one. This is a list of ages, from youngest to oldest, of key American Revolution figures, providing their age as of July 4, 1776. An asterisk signifies that the individual was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. A double asterisk means that there is evidence that the person’s age is not precise, or only a birth year is known. If you spot any corrections or recommend any additions, let me know in the comments and I’ll continue modifying the original list.


15 posted on 02/18/2014 9:56:48 AM PST by meadsjn
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To: meadsjn

it should also be noted for better comparison, life expectancies in 1776 were a lot shorter than they are today, by about roughly half.

also note that due to the nature of just surviving and living back then compared to now, an average 40 year old man back then was physically a lot more worn out than an average man of 40 today.


19 posted on 02/18/2014 10:55:07 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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