Founding Fathers Timeline

  • The Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party
    In the boston harbor, a group of colonist dressed up as Mohawk native americans boarded 3 British Tea ships and dumped 342 chest of tea (Rip the Tea) into the harbor.
  • The Battles of Lexington and Concord

    The Battles of Lexington and Concord
    The famous 'Shot heard round the world', marked the beginning of the American War for Independence.
  • The Declaration of Independence is Signed

    The Declaration of Independence is Signed
    On July 2, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was approved. On July 4 it was sent to a printer who made 200 copies. Then finally it was signed August 2, 1776
  • Articles of Confederation are Ratified

    Articles of Confederation are Ratified
    The Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation, the first constitution of the United States, on November 15, 1777, but ratifican of the Articles of Confederation by all thirteen states didn't occur till March 1, 1781.
  • The Winter at Valley Forge

    The Winter at Valley Forge
    Washington led his army of 12,000 men into winter quarters at Valley Forge, after failing to retake Philadelphia. They remained ther from December 19, 1777 to June 19, 1778
  • The Battle of Yorktown

    The Battle of Yorktown
    The siege of Yorktown, began September 28, 1781 ending in October 19, 1781. It ended in American victory, they were outnumbered and out fought during the 3 week siege in which they sustain great losses, The british troops along with their French allies surrendered. This was the last major land battle of the American Revolution leading to negotiations for peace.
  • The Constitution is Ratified

    The Constitution is Ratified
    On this day the constitution became the official framework of the government of the United States of America.
  • Presidential Inauguration of George Washington

    Presidential Inauguration of George Washington
    The first inauguration of George Washington was April 30, 1789, in New York City, New York on the balcony of Federal Hall. The inauguration was held nearly two months after the beginning of the first four-year term of George Washington as president.
  • The Death of George Washington

    The Death of George Washington
    President George Washington, died the evening of December 14, 1799, at Mount Vernon of a throat infection. He was buried in the family vault four days later.
  • Election Day, 1800

    Election Day, 1800
    Democratic-Republican Thomas Jefferson defeated Federalist John Adams by a margin of seventy-three to sixty-five electoral votes in the presidential election of 1800. When presidential electors cast their votes, however, they failed to distinguish between the office of president and vice president on their ballots.
  • Marbury vs. Madison

    Marbury vs. Madison
    The Court found that Madison’s refusal to deliver the commission was illegal, but did not order Madison to hand over Marbury’s commission via writ of mandamus. Instead, the Court held that the provision of the Judiciary Act of 1789 enabling Marbury to bring his claim to the Supreme Court was itself unconstitutional, since it purported to extend the Court’s original jurisdiction beyond that which Article III, Section 2, established.
  • Washington’s Farewell Address

    Washington’s Farewell Address
    In Washington's letter, to "Friends and Citizens", Washington warned that the forces of geographical sectionalism, and interference by foreign powers in the nation's domestic affairs threaten by the stability of the republic. He had urged Americans to subordinate sectional jealousies to comman national interest.