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During the American Revolution, a number of men and women rose to prominence: George Washington, Abigail Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and countless others distinguished themselves by their courage, patriotism, wisdom and talent.
Crispus Attucks was an African American man killed during the Boston Massacre and believed to be the first casualty of the American Revolution.
Andrew Jackson was the seventh president of the United States. He is known for founding the Democratic Party and for his support of individual liberty.
John Adams was a Founding Father, the first vice president of the United States and the second president. His son, John Quincy Adams, was the nation's sixth president.
Abigail Adams was the wife of President John Adams and the mother of John Quincy Adams, who became the sixth president of the United States.
Silversmith Paul Revere took part in the Boston Tea Party and famously alerted the Lexington Minutemen about the approach of the British in 1775.
Benjamin Franklin is best known as one of the Founding Fathers who never served as president but was a respected inventor, publisher, scientist and diplomat.
George Washington, a Founding Father of the United States, led the Continental Army to victory in the Revolutionary War and was America’s first president.
Patrick Henry was an attorney, orator and a major figure of the American Revolution who is best known for his words "Give me liberty or give me death!"
Benedict Arnold was an American Revolutionary War general best known for his defection from the Continental Army to the British side of the conflict in 1780.
Thomas Jefferson was a Founding Father of the United States who wrote the Declaration of Independence. As U.S. president, he completed the Louisiana Purchase.
Alexander Hamilton was a Founding Father, a Constitutional Convention delegate, author of the Federalist papers and the first secretary of the U.S. treasury.
Nathan Hale was an American soldier during the Revolutionary War and was hanged by the British for espionage in 1776.
Molly Pitcher was a patriot who carried pitchers of water to soldiers and helped with cannon duty during the American Revolution's Battle of Monmouth.
Ethan Allen led the Green Mountain Boys to capture Fort Ticonderoga during the American Revolutionary War. He petitioned for Vermont to join the new United States.
Frenchman Marquis de Lafayette fought in the American Revolutionary War and helped shape France's political structure before and after the French Revolution.
King George III ruled the British kingdom through turbulent times, including the American Revolutionary War, after which the colonies gained independence.
Peggy Shippen, wife of the infamous traitor Benedict Arnold, conspired with her husband to undermine the American colonists’ fight for independence from Great Britain.
American Founding Father Samuel Adams helped organize the Boston Tea Party and signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence.
Abraham Woodhull was a member of the Culper Spy Ring, which provided information to George Washington during the American Revolution.
John Dickinson was an American statesman, delegate to the Continental Congress and one of the writers of the Articles of Confederation.
The fifth president of the United States, James Monroe is known for his "Monroe Doctrine," disallowing further European colonization in the Americas.
Aaron Burr was the third vice president of the United States, serving under President Thomas Jefferson. Burr fatally shot his rival, Alexander Hamilton, during a duel.
Martha Washington was the wife of President George Washington and the original first lady of the United States.
Statesman Roger Sherman signed the Continental Association, the Articles of Confederation, Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, and served in the Continental Congress and both houses of the U.S. legislature.