Born: February 22, 1732 Died: December 14, 1799
George Washington was the first president of the United States and is often referred to as the Father of Our Country. He was known for his love of the land and farming, and his dislike of war. He was a distinguished general and commander-in-chief of the colonial armies during the American Revolution. He married a widow, Martha Dandridge Custis, and they lived at Mount Vernon, Washington's plantation in Virginia on the Potomac River.
"While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian."
"It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.”
“Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
“The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.”
Born: October 30, 1735 Died: July 4, 1826
John Adams was the second President of the United States. He is known as an American statesman, diplomat, political theorist and a champion of independence in 1776. Adams was a prominent lawyer and public figure in Boston who was highly educated and represented conservative values and promoted a republican form of government. He was highly fluential and considered one of the key Founding Fathers of the United States.
"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
"The Holy Ghost carries on the whole Christian system in this earth. Not a baptism, not a marriage, not a sacrement can be administered but by the Holy Ghost. . . . There is no authority, civil or religious -- there can be no legitimate government - but that which is administered by this Holy Ghost. There can be no salvation without it. All without it is rebellion and perdition, or in more orthodox words, damnation."
"The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God."
Born: April 13, 1743 Died: July 4, 1826
Thomas Jefferson served as the third President of the United States. He was the principle author of the Declaration of Independence (1776) . Jefferson envisioned America as a great "Empire of Liberty" that would promote republicanism. At the beginning of the American Revolution, he served in the Continental Congress and then as the wartime Governor of Virginia. He was also the first Secretary of State under George Washington and the second Vice President under John Adams.
"God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever; That a revolution of the wheel of fortune, a change of situation, is among possible events; that it may become probable by Supernatural influence! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in that event."
"I am a real Christian – that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus Christ."
"The doctrines of Jesus are simple, and tend all to the happiness of mankind."
"And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his rath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever."
Born: March 16, 1751 Died: June 28, 1836
James Madison was the fourth President of the United States. He is widely regarded as the “Father of the Constitution” and has been called the chief architect of the most important political experiment in human history. Madison is the author of the Bill of Rights and is responsible for over 1/3 of the Federalists Papers, editorials which explained to the public how the proposed Constitution would work. Jefferson called them “the best commentary on the principles of government, which ever was written.”
"A watchful eye must be kept on ourselves lest, while we are building ideal monuments of renown and bliss here, we neglect to have our names enrolled in the Annals of Heaven."
"I have sometimes thought there could not be a stronger testimony in favor of religion or against temporal enjoyments, even the most rational and manly, than for men who occupy the most honorable and gainful departments and [who] are rising in reputation and wealth, publicly to declare their unsatisfactoriness by becoming fervent advocates in the cause of Christ."
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