6 Surprising Food Facts About America’s Founding Fathers

Our Founding Fathers had various interests, including food

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The Founding Fathers couldn’t have built our country on an empty stomach.


The Fourth of July is coming up soon, and national pride is through the roof. With all the barbecues, parties, and fireworks on the horizon, it’s easy to forget about the work that the Founding Fathers put in to create this amazing country. There is no way they could’ve created the framework for our nation on an empty stomach, so take a moment learn six surprising food facts of America’s founding fathers. 

6 Surprising Food Facts About America’s Founding Fathers (Slideshow)

“Founding Fathers” is the term commonly used to refer to the individuals who spearheaded the fight for independence from the British that ultimately led to the establishment of the United States of America. They are normally broken into two key subsets: the group that signed the Declaration of Independence and the framers of the U.S. Constitution.

These two documents created the base that our country was built upon, and are unarguably the two most important documents in U.S. history. The approval of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, heralded the beginning of our nation. The ratification of the constitution on May 29, 1790, created a government that would allow America to grow into the country it has become. 

While there are dozens of Founding Fathers (and Mothers), history remembers seven in particular: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, James Monroe, and Benjamin Franklin. Each one of these men is credited with playing an integral part in the birth of our country and shaping American democracy. 


These men left legacies that transcend their lifetimes. They are immortalized on currency and regarded as some the most accomplished historical figures. They all had unique hobbies and interests, and some of them took a particular interest in food. Take a look at these six surprising food facts about the Founding Fathers.