Definition of Founding Father

1. Noun. A member of the Constitutional Convention that drafted the United States Constitution in 1787.

Group relationships: Constitutional Convention
Generic synonyms: National Leader, Solon, Statesman

2. Noun. A person who founds or establishes some institution. "George Washington is the father of his country"
Exact synonyms: Beginner, Father, Founder
Specialized synonyms: Cofounder, Coloniser, Colonizer, Foundress
Generic synonyms: Conceiver, Mastermind, Originator
Derivative terms: Begin, Found, Found

Definition of Founding Father

1. Noun. (chiefly US) A member of the convention that drafted the United States constitution. ¹

2. Noun. A man who founded something. ¹

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Literary usage of Founding Father

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1. Benjamin Franklin in American Thought and Culture, 1790-1990 by Nian-Sheng Huang (1994)
"... of drinking and drunkards and his gruesome reports of crime scenes, a French scholar added that he was a "Founding Father of American humor. ..."

2. Women and the Glorious Qur'an: An Analytical Study of Women-related Verses by Gunawan Adnan (2004)
"... to learn with Imam Malik bin Anas, who is well-known as founding father of ... He was the founding father of ..."

3. Columbus, Ohio: Photographic Portrait by Randall Lee Schieber (2007)
"38 Founding Father of Columbus Lucas Sullivant, a young surveyor from Virginia, founded a permanent settlement on the west ..."

4. James Bowdoin and the Patriot Philosophers by Frank Edward Manuel (2004)
"House of Bowdoin with the clan of the founding father of the colony. Thomas Win- throp in his turn became a Fellow of the Academy of Arts and Sciences. ..."

5. The Works of Orestes A. Brownson by Orestes Augustus Brownson, Henry Francis Brownson (1884)
"... own publications against Mr. Olmstead or any other opponent, or to the community he has had the most prominent share in founding. Father Hecker sent us ..."

6. A Republic, If You Can Keep It: The Foundation of the American Presidency by Michael P. Riccards (1987)
"He was not merely a Founding Father; he was the patriarch. He was not merely an occasional revolutionary agitator, but the great general who brought victory ..."

7. Science and Society in Early America: Essays in Honor of Whitfield J. Bell, Jr. by Randolph Shipley Klein (1986)
"Had he not lived another fifteen years, and become organizer of the French Alliance of 1778, of the Treaty of 1783, and Founding Father in Philadelphia in ..."

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