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14 Little-Known Facts About America's Founding Fathers

Do you know which one ended up in jail?

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1. There's not really a hard-and-fast list.

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2. Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on the 50th anniversary of the drafting of the Declaration of Independence.

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3. Some of the Founding Fathers had unusual pets.

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4. Yes, George Washington wore dentures, but they weren't made of wood.

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5. Among Benjamin Franklin's many inventions were bifocals and the lightning rod.

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6. Abigail Adams told her husband John to "remember the ladies."

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7. Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton had a longstanding feud, which finally erupted into a duel.

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8. Do you know why we call a signature a "John Hancock?"

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9. While John Hancock's signature may be the most famous on the Declaration, it's not the most valuable.

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10. Though he was one of the most influential thinkers of the American Revolution, only six people attended the funeral of Thomas Paine in 1809.

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11. James Wilson was one of the first Justices of the Supreme Court—and the only one to ever be jailed.

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12. Francis Hopkinson once took credit for designing the United States flag.

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13. In addition to being a signatory of the Declaration of Independence, Dr. Benjamin Rush was the "father of American psychiatry."

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14. Charles Carroll of Carrollton signed the Declaration of Independence and helped found the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.

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