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The Lives and Works of the Founders

booksBelow are a collection of works related to the Founders. Most are in simple text format and can be opened in any text editor or word processor. Others are in PDF format and require a PDF reader to view.

 

 

George Washington

The Life of George Washington by John Marshall

Volume I

Volume II

Volume III

Volume IV

Volume V

The Americanism of Washington by Henry Van Dyke, 1906

George Washington by Henry Cabot Lodge, 1889

Volume I

Volume II

George Washington by Calista McCabe Courtenay

George Washington's Rules of Civility by Moncure Conway, 1890

The True George Washington by Paul Leicester Ford

Washington and His Colleagues by Henry Jones Ford, 1918

George Washington: Farmer by Paul Leland Haworth, 1915

Samuel Adams

Original Writings of Samuel Adams

Volume II

Volume III

Volume IV

Aaron Burr

The Memoirs of Aaron Burr

Volume I

Volume II

Benjamin Franklin

From Boyhood to Manhood: Life of Benjamin Franklin by William Thayer, 1889

Benjamin Franklin by John T. Morse, Jr.

Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Thomas Jefferson

Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson by Edward S. Ellis

Jefferson and His Colleagues, a Chronicle of the Virginia Dynasty by Allen Johnson

Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies from the Papers of Thomas Jefferson, edited by Thomas Jefferson Randolph

volume 1

volume 2

volume 3

volume 4

The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, edited by Albert Ellery Bergh

volume 1volume 11
volume 2volume 12
volume 3volume 13
volume 4volume 14
volume 5volume 15
volume 6volume 16
volume 7volume 17
volume 8volume 18
volume 9volume 19
volume 10 

 

Thomas Paine

Common Sense

The Rights of Man

A Letter Addressed To The Abbe Raynal, On The Affairs of North America In Which The Mistakes in The Abbe's Account Of The Revolution Of Amreica (sic) Are Corrected And Cleared Up.

The Writings of Thomas Paine, Volume I

The Writings of Thomas Paine, Volume II

The Writings of Thomas Paine, Volume III

The Writings of Thomas Paine, Volume IV

James Wilson

James Wilson was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, delegate from Pennsylvania to the Constitutional Convention, member of the Committee on Detail, and second only to Madision as the principal architect of the Constitution. He was a fervent advocate of ratification, and served as a delegate to the Pennsylvania Ratification Convention. He later served as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and Professor of Law in the College of Philadelphia, which merged with the University of Pennsylvania in 1791.

volume I (PDF)

volume II (PDF)

volume III (PDF)

James Richardson's Compilation of Messages and Papers of the Presidents

George Washington

John Adams

Thomas Jefferson

James Madison

James Monroe

John Quincey Adams