Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton (1755 - 1804) was an orphan with neither education nor financial resources, but […]

American Revolution

The American Revolution was prompted when England's monarchy and Parliament sought increasing suzerainty over the […]

Charles Willson Peale

Peale (1741 - 1827) achieved success when combined artistic ability, inventiveness and showmanship to create […]

David Rittenhouse

David Rittenhouse by Charles Willson Peale (a copy of his own work, ~1791-6) David Rittenhouse […]

Declaration of Independence

The Second Continental Congress came together due to rising discontent with Britain. Colonists in America […]

Gouverneur Morris

Morris (1752 - 1816) supported independence, but his aristocratic background led him to seriously question […]

Henry Knox

Henry Knox by Charles Willson Peale, circa 1784 Henry Knox (1750 - 1806) attended the […]

Jared Ingersoll Junior

Jared Ingersoll Junior (1749 - 1822) joined the cause of independence during the Revolution, despite […]

John Adams

John Adams (1735 - 1826) used the law as his guiding light. He wrote careful […]

John Dickinson

John Dickinson (1732 - 1808) supported American protests of English economic and political colonial policies, […]

John Jay

John Jay (1745 - 1829) was elected by New York to the Continental Congress. Congress […]

John Witherspoon

John Witherspoon by Charles Willson Peale (a copy of his own work 1783-4) John Witherspoon […]

Marquis de Lafayette

Marquis de Lafayette by Charles Willson Peale, 1779-80 Marquis de Lafayette (1757 - 1834) joined […]

Meriwether Lewis

Meriwether Lewis (1774 - 1809) blended solitary reading with life experience. Meriwether Lewis portrait by […]

Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry (1736 - 1799) was passionate about the law and about insuring the rights […]

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