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The American Revolution
The American Revolution
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The American Revolution People
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Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was one of the most celebrated of America's Founding Fathers, a man who enjoyed success as an inventor, scientist, printer, politician, and dip...
Lord Charles Cornwallis (1738-1805) was an English general who fought in the Seven Years' War and served as a member of Parliament, where he opposed the imposition of duties that proved highly cont...
Esther DeBerdt Reed
Esther DeBerdt Reed (1725-1792) was a civic leader for soldiers' relief, who formed and led an organization of thirty-nine women to provide aid for George Washington's troops during the Revolutiona...
General Thomas Gage (1721-1787) was the last Royal Governor of Massachusetts and the commander in chief of British forces in America. Succeeding Gov. Thomas Hutchinson during an extremely tense per...
George Mason (1725-1792), a Virginian, was one of the most important delegates to the Constitutional Convention, one of the richest men in his state, and one of the most prominent Founding Fathers....
George Washington (1732-1799) was commander of the Continental Army during the American Revolution and the first president of the United States of America. A Virginia planter, surveyor, and land sp...
John Adams (1735-1826) was, along with Thomas Jefferson, one of only two signers of the Declaration of Independence later to become president. He was an erudite lawyer from Massachusetts and an ard...
John Hancock (1737-93) was one of the preeminent Founding Fathers, a president of the Continental Congress and later governor of Massachusetts. Hancock's substantial wealth afforded him a great dea...
John Dickinson (1732-1808) was a highly successful lawyer and legislator in Philadelphia who became a leading political figure in the state and a conservative opponent of Benjamin Franklin. He was...
King George III
King George III (1738-1820), or George William Frederick, was king of Great Britain and Ireland from 1760-1820. He ascended to the throne just as the French and Indian War was coming to a close, a...
Lord North (1732-1792), originally Frederick North, held many elite British offices before becoming Prime Minister in 1770. North maintained that post throughout the buildup to the Revolution and t...
Marquis de Lafayette
Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834) was a French general and political leader who enthusiastically supported the American Revolution. The Continental Congress appointed him as major general in 1777, b...
Mercy Otis Warren
Mercy Otis Warren (1728-1814) was an American poet, historian, and dramatist whose brother James Otis was an important activist in the American Revolution. Though Mercy received no formal schooling...
Nathanael Greene (1742-1786) was a general in the American Revolution who also served in the Rhode Island assembly. He fought with George Washington at the battles of Trenton, Brandywine, Germantow...
Paul Revere (1735-1818) was a silversmith and colonial activist in Boston who played a key role in mobilizing the colonial activism that led to the Revolution. Revere was a veteran of the French an...
Samuel Adams (1722-1803) was a political leader in the American Revolution and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was unsuccessful as a businessman in Boston, but found his c...
Sir Henry Clinton (c. 1738-1795) was a British general in the American Revolutionary War and a veteran of the French and Indian War. Clinton arrived in Boston in 1775, leading reinforcements for Go...
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) is considered one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America for the central role he played in drafting the Declaration of Independence. During the America...
Thomas Paine (1737-1809) was a radical writer who emigrated from England to America in 1774. Just two years later, early in 1776, Paine published Common Sense, a hugely influential pamphle...
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