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Founding father refers to a person who founds or establishes something. A prominent figure in the founding of an institution or a country. In U.S, it is a general name for male American patriots who played a leading role in founding the United States of America, and in the Revolutionary War and the making of the U.S. Constitution. John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington are all refered to as Founding Fathers.