When studying the founding of our great nation, in war, personal sacrifice, and great nobility, we tend to forget that some of the Founders of the globe's first modern democracy were pretty darn hot.
Here's a list of the ten sexiest Founding Fathers.
10.) Benjamin Franklin
He was the "First American" and the intellectual leader of the American Enlightenment; but with his receding hairline, long lanky locks, and awkward nose, we don't tend to remember Ben Franklin as particularly sexy. But the ladies loved him (this is true), especially the ladies of Paris, where he served as the first United States Ambassador to France. Check out this painting of Franklin and his "French belles." You go, dog.
9.) William Williams
William Williams was a delegate for Connecticut to the Continental Congress in 1776, and a signatory of the Declaration of Independence. His wife was 15 years younger than he was. How did he keep the interest of younger women? Um, just look at him.
8.) Samuel Adams
This Massachusetts politician, one of the earliest supporters of American independence and an originator of our republican political philosophy, is today most often associated with a beer company he had nothing to do with (that wasn't founded until 1984). But the ladies of his day appreciated his rugged good looks and cheerful disposition. His wives (both named Elizabeth) were very lucky indeed!
7.) Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr. signed the Declaration of Independence as a representative of South Carolina on behalf of his father, the governor, who was ill. There aren't many pictures of Lynch available, but I imagine that's because, when he was lost at sea in 1779, his thousands of female admirers snatched up all his portraits and burned them in grief and despair. Just imagine this guy at the kissing booth. You'd have been saving up your Continental currency just for a smooch!
6.) Francis Lightfoot Lee
What, you've never heard of Francis Lightfoot Lee? Member of the House of Burgesses in the Colony of Virginia? An active protester of issues such as the Stamp Act? A delegate to the Virginia Conventions and the Continental Congress, and a signer of the Articles of Confederation and the Declaration of Independence? Shame on you. Look at that aquiline nose, those piercing eyes, the pouty and sensual lips. As his wife Rebecca was once quoted as saying, "back that sweet hinder up!" That may not be an accurate quote.
5.) Benjamin Harrison V
Benjamin Harrison the 5th was an American planter and merchant, a revolutionary leader, and a Founding Father who signed the Declaration of Independence. He was Virginia's fifth governor. His direct descendants include two US Presidents, his son William Henry Harrison and great-grandson Benjamin Harrison. And it's no wonder he has lost of prominent descendants — he was the Leonardo DiCaprio of early America! Just look at him!
4.) John Penn
John Penn, signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation as a representative of North Carolina. Lawyer, tax collector, and administrator of the Continental Army. Percy Bysshe Shelley has nothing on those soulful eyes, the youthful and expressive face. What a dreamboat.
3.) John Hancock
This merchant, statesman, and prominent patriot of the American Revolution was president of the Second Continental Congress, and the first and third Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is remembered for his large and stylish signature on the Declaration of Independence — so much so that the term "John Hancock" became, in the United States, a synonym for "signature." And if you ask the ladies of 18th Century Boston, they'll tell you his signature wasn't the only thing that was large and stylish. If you know what we mean. His house. It was large and stylish, too.
2.) Alexander Hamilton
Just look at him. Just look at this Aaron Eckhart-lookin' mamma jamma. Sure, was a Founding Father, chief of staff to General Washington, one of the most influential interpreters and promoters of the Constitution, founder of the nation's financial system, and the founder of the first American political party. He was also totes mackadocious. As the young people say today. Apparently. According to the Internet.
1.) Thomas Jefferson
Our sexiest founder wasn't just the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, third President of the United States, and a spokesman for democracy and the rights of the individual. He was also a stone cold fox. Even women he owned thought he was irresistible! He certainly revved his wife Martha's engine — she gave him six children before she died of childbirth complications. Yes, Thomas Jefferson is not only the principal architect of American democracy, he's also the Hottest Founder of All!
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