Founding Fathers of the United States
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The Founding Fathers of the United States of America were political leaders and statesmen who played a role in the formation of the new nation during the late 18th Century during the American Revolution. "Founding Fathers" are generally considered to be individuals who fit into one of two key subsets: the "Signers of the Declaration of Independence" (who signed the United States Declaration of Independence in 1776) and the Framers of the Constitution (who were delegates to the Federal Convention and took part in framing or drafting the proposed Constitution of the United States). In some cases, participation in the American Revolutionary War is also considered a sufficient qualifier.