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Religions of the Founders

Religions of the Founders

In recent years, there has arisen a picture depicting most of the Founding Fathers as deists.  This belief, while unsupported by the evidence available in their writings and speeches, supports a historical point of view which attempts to remove Judeo-Christian principles from American culture.  With the exception of three of the Founders, all were adherents of a Christian religion.  The three who had deist leanings (Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Cornelius Harnett) are all still recorded as professing the Anglican/Episcopalian religion.

Who is this group that we call the Founding Fathers?  In total, there are 204 and they are the late 18th century men of European heritage who:

 

  • signed the Declaration of Independence
  • signed the Articles of Confederation
  • attended the Constitutional Convention of 1787
  • signed the Constitution of the United States of America
  • served as Senators in the First Federal Congress (1789-1791)
  • served as U.S. Representatives in the First Federal Congress

 

While disputed in recent decades, the religious affiliations of these men were as follows:

Episcopalian/Anglican

88

54.7%

Presbyterian

30

18.6%

Congregationalist

27

16.8%

Quaker

7

4.3%

Dutch Reformed/German Reformed

6

3.7%

Lutheran

5

3.1%

Catholic

3

1.9%

Huguenot

3

1.9%

Unitarian

3

1.9%

Methodist

2

1.2%

Calvinist

1

0.6%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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