Which Country Was Basically Founded by Teenagers?
Don’t let the powdered wigs fool you. When the Declaration of Independence was signed, America’s founding fathers were not nearly as old as you thought.
Alexander Hamilton, 22
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Appointed chief of staff to General Washington, Hamilton became one of the most influential promoters of the Constitution and the founder of the first American political party.
James Monroe, 18
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A lieutenant in Washington’s army, Monroe would grow up to become the fifth U.S. president and the last Founding Father to serve as chief executive.
Marquis de Lafayette, 19
During the American Revolution, Lafayette served as a major general in the Continental Army under George Washington.