8 Little-Known Facts About the Founding Fathers Sure to Spark Your Interest

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n the spirit of Fourth of July weekend, here are eight facts about the Founding Fathers we bet you haven’t heard before.

Most people likely think of the Founding Fathers as heroic intellectuals and warriors, but they’re a little more human than that. So, this Independence day, we’ll start with a fun fact about the Declaration of Independence:

1. No one trusted Benjamin Franklin to write the Declaration of Independence.

2. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on the 50th anniversary of our nation’s birth.

3. James Madison was the smallest president in history.

4. George Washington was idolized by Napoleon.

5. In the famous painting Washington Crossing the Delaware, the man holding the flag is James Monroe.

6. Some Founding Fathers had very strange names for their beloved pets.

7. Thomas Jefferson owned TWO grizzly bears that he kept in a cage on the lawn outside of the White House.

8. Benjamin Franklin had a very unusual – and downright scary – habit that he called “taking an air bath.”

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