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What Were You Doing at Age 18, or 20, or 30?

When we read history books and see photos of the American Revolutionary War, we see photos or caricatures of our "Founding Fathers", with their quaffed, white hair, "pony tails", and "wigs". Or maybe we see them behind a desk or table looking very "diplomatic" and, well, mature. Another word for that could be "old"!!! You can see some of what I'm saying by looking at various pictures on the "sliders" at the top of some of these history pages.

Well, while we're NOT saying history is "wrong", we're just saying that maybe we haven't heard, "...the rest of the story". So to that end, we're going to attempt to modify some misconceptions and/or give you some additional "food for thought".

While reading a few documents on the Revolutionary War, I came across a number of articles that offered additional information on some of the prominent participants of the War, as well as some well known "non-participants", and even on some of the "signers". The remainder of this page will enumerate for you portions of those documents. Credit must be given to the website "www.allthingsliberty.com" and their article titled "Journal of the American Revolution", and it's author Todd Andrlik.

The compilation is basically the individual's age on July 4, 1776. In the following list, names with an "*" (asterisk) are individuals for whom an exact age could not be calculated based on only being able to establish the YEAR of birth. Likewise, those names carrying a "^" (caret) are "signers" of the Declaration of Independence. And an additional note for you... the average age of the "signers" was 44. The list is sorted with the youngest listed first.

Should you be more impatient, and not wish to peruse the full list, but looking for a specific individual...? Hold down the Ctrl+F keys on your keyboard (Command+F on a Mac) and use the “Find” feature of your web browser. When the "Search" field is displayed by the browser, type the name you're looking for into the empty field. The search is an "active" search and will find and highlight characters as you type them for easy access.

  • Andrew Jackson, 9
  • (Major) Thomas Young, 12
  • Deborah Sampson, 15
  • James Armistead, 15
  • Sybil Ludington, 15
  • Joseph Plumb Martin, 15
  • Peter Salem, 16*
  • Peggy Shippen, 16
  • Marquis de Lafayette, 18
  • James Monroe, 18
  • Charles Pinckney, 18
  • Henry Lee III, 20
  • Gilbert Stuart, 20
  • John Trumbull, 20
  • Aaron Burr, 20
  • John Marshall, 20
  • Nathan Hale, 21
  • Banastre Tarleton, 21
  • Alexander Hamilton, 21*
  • John Laurens, 21
  • Benjamin Tallmadge, 22
  • Robert Townsend, 22
  • George Rogers Clark, 23
  • David Humphreys, 23
  • Gouveneur Morris, 24
  • Betsy Ross, 24
  • William Washington, 24
  • James Madison, 25
  • Henry Knox, 25
  • John Andre, 26
  • Thomas Lynch, Jr., 26^
  • Edward Rutledge, 26^
  • Abraham Woodhull, 26
  • Isaiah Thomas, 27
  • George Walton, 27*^
  • John Paul Jones, 28
  • Bernardo de Galvez, 29
  • Thomas Heyward, Jr., 29^
  • Robert R. Livingston, 29
  • John Jay, 30
  • Tadeusz Kosciuszko, 30
  • Benjamin Rush, 30^
  • Abigail Adams, 31
  • Commodore John Barry, 31
  • Elbridge Gerry, 31^
  • Casimir Pulaski, 31
  • Anthony Wayne, 31
  • Joseph Brant, 33
  • Nathanael Greene, 33
  • Thomas Jefferson, 33^
  • Thomas Stone, 33*^
  • William Hooper, 34^
  • Arthur Middleton, 34^
  • James Wilson, 34*^
  • Benedict Arnold, 35
  • Samuel Chase, 35^
  • Thomas Knowlton, 35
  • William Paca, 35^
  • John Penn, 35^
  • Hercules Mulligan, 36
  • Andrew Pickens, 36
  • Haym Salomon, 36
  • John Sullivan, 36
  • George Clymer, 37^
  • Charles Cornwallis, 37
  • Thomas Nelson, Jr., 37^
  • Ethan Allen, 38
  • Charles Carroll, 38^
  • King George III, 38
  • Francis Hopkinson, 38^
  • Carter Braxton, 39^
  • George Clinton, 39
  • John Hancock, 39^
  • Daniel Morgan, 39
  • Thomas Paine, 39
  • Patrick Henry, 40
  • Enoch Poor, 40
  • John Adams, 40^
  • Daniel Boone, 41
  • William Floyd, 41^
  • Button Gwinnett, 41*^
  • John Lamb, 41*
  • Francis Lightfoot Lee, 41^
  • Paul Revere, 41
  • Thomas Sumter, 41
  • Robert Morris, 42^
  • Thomas McKean, 42^
  • George Read, 42^
  • John Dickinson, 43
  • John Glover, 43
  • Benjamin Edes, 43
  • Samuel Huntington, 44^
  • Richard Henry Lee, 44^
  • Charles Lee, 44
  • Francis Marion, 44
  • Lord North, 44
  • George Washington, 44
  • Joseph Galloway, 45
  • Robert Treat Paine, 45^
  • Friedrich von Steuben, 45
  • Richard Stockton, 45^
  • Martha Washington, 45
  • William Williams, 45^
  • (Dr.) Thomas Young, 45*
  • Josiah Bartlett, 46^
  • Henry Clinton, 46
  • Joseph Hewes, 46^
  • William Howe, 46
  • George Ross, 46^
  • William Whipple, 46^
  • Caesar Rodney, 47^
  • John Stark, 47
  • Mercy Otis Warren, 47
  • William Ellery, 48^
  • Horatio Gates, 48
  • Artemas Ward, 48
  • Oliver Wolcott, 49^
  • Abraham Clark, 50^
  • Benjamin Harrison, 50^
  • George Mason, 50
  • Lewis Morris, 50^
  • Lord Stirling, 50
  • George Wythe, 50*^
  • Guy Carleton, 51
  • John Morton, 51*^
  • Comte de Rochambeau, 51
  • Lyman Hall, 52^
  • James Rivington, 52*
  • Samuel Adams, 53^
  • Comte de Grasse, 53
  • John Witherspoon, 53^
  • John Burgoyne, 54
  • Johann de Kalb, 55
  • Roger Sherman, 55^
  • Thomas Gage, 56
  • James Smith, 56^
  • Israel Putnam, 58
  • Comte de Vergennes, 58
  • Lewis Nicola, 59*
  • George Germain, 60
  • Philip Livingston, 60^
  • George Taylor, 60*^
  • Matthew Thornton, 62^
  • Francis Lewis, 63^
  • John Hart, 65*^
  • Stephen Hopkins, 69^
  • Benjamin Franklin, 70^
  • Samuel Whittemore, 81

So the next time you see a photo of George Washington, or Alexander Hamilton, or James Monroe... think of what it must have been like for those who were only in their teens and early 20's to dedicate their lives to help "Found a Country".

 

 

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