Revolutionary War Facts

The Revolutionary War Facts page is the place to begin to find out all kinds of interesting facts about the people of the American Revolution. There are literally a million interesting things about the Founders of America that you never knew! For example, did you know that Betsy Ross sat next to George Washington in church or that Paul Revere was the largest manufacturer of church bells in America? Did you know James Madison stood only 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighed only 100 pounds or that George Washington proposed to his wife Martha after knowing her for only three weeks!

Did you know that John Hancock and Benjamin Franklin were both in London in 1761 and witnessed the coronation of King George III, the same king they would later rebel against, or that Thomas Jefferson narrowly escaped capture by the infamous General Banastre Tarleton, the villain that fought against Mel Gibson in the movie, The Patriot?

This page has a sampling of Revolutionary War Facts, such as George Washington facts, James Madison facts, Samuel Adams facts, Thomas Jefferson facts, Paul Revere facts, Benjamin Franklin facts and facts about other important Founding Fathers. If you would like to learn more about each person, just click on the links by their pictures and you will be taken to a complete list of Revolutionary War Facts about that person. Other pages are in the works as well, so check back if you don't see the Revolutionary War Facts that you want today. They may be added soon!

Revolutionary War Facts

George Washington Facts

George Washington
  • Did you know George Washington proposed to Martha after knowing her for only three weeks?
  • Did you know George Washington had 9 brothers and sisters?
  • Did you know George Washington was called "The Old Fox" by Lord Cornwallis, the British general Washington defeated to end the Revolutionary War?
  • Did you know Martha Washington burned all of the letters between she and George to protect their privacy?
  • Did you know George Washington and Robert E. Lee, the commander of Confederate forces during the American Civil War, were third cousins, twice removed?

Read about these and more interesting George Washington Facts here!

You can read Quotes from George Washington here.

Facts on Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson
  • Did you know Thomas Jefferson narrowly escaped capture by General Banastre Tarleton, the infamous villain that Mel Gibson fought against in the movie "The Patriot?"
  • Did you know Thomas Jefferson used to greet people at the White House in a robe and slippers?
  • Did you know Thomas Jefferson was six feet tall and had red hair?
  • Did you know Thomas Jefferson was one of the primary founders of the University of Virginia?
  • Did you know Thomas Jefferson sent Meriwether Lewis and Thomas Clark on their famous expedition to explore the western United States?

Read about these and more interesting Facts on Thomas Jefferson here!

Read Thomas Jefferson Quotes here and learn about Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence here.

Facts on James Madison

James Madison
  • Did you know James Madison stood only 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighed only 100 pounds?
  • Did you know President James Madison fled Washington DC when the British invaded in 1812 and burned the city?
  • Did you know James Madison was the first President of the United States to wear long pants instead of knee breaches?
  • Did you know James Madison was introduced to his future wife Dolley by the infamous Aaron Burr, the man who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel?
  • Did you know James Madison had epilepsy and chronic arthritis?

Read about these Revolutionary War Facts and more interesting Facts about James Madison here!

Read Quotes from James Madison here.

Facts about Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin
  • Did you know Benjamin Franklin knew Dr. Guillotin, the man after whom the killing device, the "guillotine," used so prominently in the French Revolution, was named?
  • Did you know Benjamin Franklin was once injured while trying to electrocute a turkey?
  • Did you know Benjamin Franklin played Sudoku?
  • Did you know Benjamin Franklin helped start the first public hospital in the United States, as well as the first volunteer firefighters association and the first lending library?
  • Did you know that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote a piece specifically for the "glass armonica," an instrument created by Benjamin Franklin?

Read about these and more interesting Facts about Benjamin Franklin here and find even more at our Ben Franklin Facts part 2 page!

You can learn about Ben Franklin's electrical studies here, Ben Franklin's letters on electricity here, Ben Franklin's trips to England here and Ben Franklin's inventions here.

Samuel Adams Facts

Samuel Adams
  • Did you know Samuel Adams was fired by future delegate to the Continental Congress Thomas Cushing because he wasn't any good at business?
  • Did you know that Samuel Adams is sometimes called "The Father of the American Revolution?"
  • Did you know that Samuel Adams had six children, but only two survived to adulthood?
  • Did you know Samuel Adams was the second cousin of President John Adams?
  • Did you know Samuel Adams was one of only two siblings out of 12 that survived past the age of 3?

Read about these Revolutionary War Facts and more interesting Samuel Adams Facts here!

You can read Samuel Adams Quotes here as well.

John Adams Facts

John Adams
  • Did you know John Adams was chased by British warships as he sailed the Atlantic on the way to complete his diplomatic mission to France?
  • Did you know that John Adams was nicknamed "His Rotundity" by opposing members in Congress while he was Vice-President?
  • Did you know that John Adams was accused of planning to marry his daughter Nabby off to King George III to start a new monarchy?
  • Did you know John Adams wrote the longest lasting and still surviving Constitution in the world?
  • Did you know John Adams lived longer than any former President until Ronald Reagan?

Read about these Revolutionary War Facts and more interesting John Adams Facts here!

You can read John Adams Quotes here as well.

Facts on Paul Revere

Paul Revere
  • Did you know Paul Revere had sixteen children?
  • Did you know Paul Revere was a famous church bell manufacturer?
  • Did you know Paul Revere was captured by British soldiers on the night of his famous midnight ride?
  • Did you know the copper works started by Paul Revere for the Continental Congress during the American Revolution still exists today?
  • Did you know Paul Revere was elected by the people of Boston to write to Martha Washington to ask for a lock of George Washington's hair after he died? They received the lock of hair and Paul Revere made a golden urn to store it in!

Read about these and more interesting Facts on Paul Revere here!

Read the poem Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow here and read the real story of Paul Revere's Ride here.

John Hancock Facts

John Hancock
  • Did you know John Hancock was one of the richest men in the colonies at the age of 27?
  • Did you know John Hancock's signature was the ONLY one on the FIRST Declaration of Independence?
  • Did you know John Hancock was elected Governor of Massachusetts nine times?
  • Did you know John Hancock and Samuel Adams escaped from British soldiers on their way to Lexington after being warned by Paul Revere on the night of his famous midnight ride?
  • Did you know John Hancock, in his role as President of the Continental Congress, signed George Washington's commission as Commander of the Continental Army?

Read about these and more interesting John Hancock Facts here!

Betsy Ross Facts

Betsy Ross
  • Did you know Betsy Ross lost two husbands to the Revolutionary War?
  • Did you know Betsy Ross was kicked out of church because she married the wrong guy?
  • Did you know Betsy Ross was nicknamed the "Little Rebel" by British soldiers who forcibly occupied her house during the occupation of Philadelphia?
  • Did you know Betsy Ross married the man who brought her news of her husband's death?
  • Did you know Betsy Ross sat in the pew next to George Washington's pew at church? This may provide circumstantial evidence to prove the Betsy Ross Flag story since it proves they knew one another and this association may have been the reason Washington allegedly approached her to make the "first flag of the United States."

Read about these and more interesting Betsy Ross Facts here!

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