How Did Men Influence The Revolutionary Era

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The foundation of this country was forged and built by men who believed in something better for themselves and their family. A few of these men were George Washington, Samuel Adams, Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson. These men were very influential during the Revolutionary Era in many ways. George Washington was born on February 22nd, 1732 in Virginia on his family’s plantation. He attended school but quit when he was 15 because his mother was too poor to keep paying for school. He became a surveyor until he inherited an estate on the Potomac River in Virginia. Even with no military experience he became a commander to the Virginia Militia. He fought in the French and Indian war rising into military fame. He eventually resigned his commission …show more content…
After the American Revolution Adams returned to Massachusetts to serve in the state Senate and eventually elected governor. Samuel Adams later died on October 2nd 1803. Thomas Paine, one of founding fathers was born on February 9th 1737. Born a Quaker in Thetford, England, he didn’t move to the colonies till 1774. He became a citizen of Pennsylvania by taking an oath of allegiance. Leading up to the American Revolution, Paine inspired the people to stand up to the British. Paine wrote “Common Sense” which challenged the authority of the British government. This was the first work to openly ask for independence from Great Britain. Thomas Paine later died in New York on June 8th 1809. And lastly there was Thomas Jefferson, who was born on April 13th, 1743. Thomas Jefferson was born in Shadwell, Virginia. He attended college in Virginia, later on moving onto study law, under a prestige’s lawyer of the colonies. He was elected to the Virginia House of Burgess 's in 1768 beginning his political Career. Leading up to American Revolution, Thomas Jefferson wrote the rough draft for the Declaration of Independence. This helped start the path for the American colonies to finally be free of British …show more content…
All these men had one thing in common. All of them wanted something better for the 13 colonies. They felt the people were being mistreated and wanted and stand up and be there voice. All four took a stand and helped lead America to freedom. They were different in their roles in aiding the people. Thomas Jefferson was on the political side, writing the Declaration of Independence warning the British. Thomas Paine inspired the people to rise against the people by writing destructive propaganda about the British. Samuel Adams rallied the people to take a stand, and physically defend the people rights. And lastly George Washington, who gathered and trained simple people to fight one of the world’s largest and strongest forces. This is also why I think George Washington was one of the greatest men during the American Revolution. He took underdogs up against the varsity team and won. After his victory, Washington was done, and resigned from his possession. This was a true inspiration of his character. He had so much power and popularity over the people, yet he did not use it on the people. He earned his place as the first president of the United States of

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