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39% Say George Washington Greatest Founding Father

Jefferson and Franklin Also Get Support

Thirty-nine percent (39%) of Americans say that George Washington is the greatest of the nation’s Founding Fathers. A Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 adults found that 26% named Thomas Jefferson as the greatest of the Founders while 21% preferred Benjamin Franklin. While the nation’s first President (Washington) and third President (Jefferson) found plenty of support, the nation’s second President didn’t fare so well. John Adams was seen as the greatest Founder by just 4% of Americans. Washington, more than any other Founding Father, quickly became as much a legend as a man. Leader of the Continental Army, his presence was essential at the Constitutional Convention.

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