Founding Fathers Timeline

  • The Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party
    The Boston Tea Party was a protest the happened in 1773 at Griffin's Wharf in Boston, Massachusetts. American's were upset about the taxes being brought on to many goods, like tea, by the British. This is where the phrase "taxation without representation" came from. 342 chests of tea were dumped into the harbor.
  • The Battles of Lexington and Concord

    The Battles of Lexington and Concord
    These battles marked the start of the American War to Independence. This is the place where the famous "shot heard around the world" happened. This battle was really detrimemtal to Great Britain and caused many American's who didn't already support the fight for independence to join the fight.
  • The Declaration of Independence is Signed

    The Declaration of Independence is Signed
    The Declaration of Independence was signed after much debate.
  • The Winter at Valley Forge

    The Winter at Valley Forge
    This was the site of the continental army's winter quarters. It gave a strategic location that offered the basic necessities like water and fire wood, it also gave them a defensive advantage.
  • The Death of George Washington

    The Death of George Washington
    George Washington, the first president of the United States, passed away at Mount Vernon on December 14th, 1779. He died of a throat infection and was buried four days later in the family vault in Mount Vernon.
  • Article of Confederation are Ratified

    Article of Confederation are Ratified
    the congress adopted the articles of federation, what was considered the first constitution of the US. They did this on November 15, 1777 but they were not ratified by all 13 states until March 1, 1781
  • The Battle of Yorktown

    The Battle of Yorktown
    Starting on September 28th, 1781 and ending on October 19th, this battle was a major point in the fight for independence. With the British surrendering, it gave hope that their reign of control was coming to an end.
  • The Constitution is Ratified

    The Constitution is Ratified
    When the constitution became the official basis of the government of the United States. New Hampshire became the 9th of the 13th to ratify it.
  • Presidential Inauguration of George Washington

    Presidential Inauguration of George Washington
    This was the first presidential inauguration ever. This marked the beginning of George Washington's term,
  • Washington’s Farewell Address

    Washington’s Farewell Address
    This was a letter that George Washington wrote near the end of his term as president after 20 years in public service.
  • Election Day, 1800

    Election Day, 1800
    The election where "Democratic-Republican Thomas Jefferson defeated Federalist John Adams".
  • Marbury vs. Madison

    Marbury vs. Madison
    A case in the supreme court that established the principles judicial review in the US. Meaning that the government can strike down laws and statues that violate the constitution.