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founding father

Someone who was instrumental in the beginning or creation of something. Capitalized when used to refer to a member of the US Constitutional Convention. As the founding fathers of this club, we really want to see it thrive after we graduate. Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson were among the nation's Founding Fathers.
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founding father (of something)

A man who was instrumental in the creation or pioneering of something. Many consider Alexander Fleming to be the founding father of modern antibiotics. The day is a celebration of the founding fathers of the small country.
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founding father

someone who establishes an institution.
Founding Father is used in particular of an American statesman at the time of the Revolution, especially a member of the Federal Constitutional Convention of 1787 .
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the ˌfounding ˈfather(s) of something

(formal) the people who found or start a country, an organization, a branch of science, etc: Charles Babbage, the founding father of computer science
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On this glorious day, on which we celebrate the 46th anniversary of the establishment of our state, we pray to Allah Almighty to have mercy on the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and on his brothers, the co-founders of the Union.
It is the youth of the UAE that will lead this country into the future by truly living the ideals of our founding fathers.
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This American history production features humorous theatrical vignettes, original music, drama, puppetry and interactive critical thinking questions designed to teach students in grades 6-9 about the importance of laws, the Magna Carta and the struggle of this country's Founding Fathers to write the U.
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One of our least honored founding fathers is George Mason.
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In The Faith of the Founding Fathers (Oxford University, 2006) David Holmes admits that America's early leaders were religious but contends they were also deeply suspicious of the dangers of established religion and went out of their way to ensure that religion did not have too great a voice in public affairs.
An historical benchmark in the concept of individual rights, The writings of Burlamaqui were influential upon the work and thought of such later philosophers and political activists as Rousseau and Diderot, as well as exerting profound influence on the American Founding Fathers and their newly emerging constitutional system of governance.
Morgan and Wood joined the historian Joseph Ellis in writing erudite versions of what has been called "Founders Chic" over the last decade or so, an approach that generally seeks to humanize various of the Founding Fathers, and to apologize for their moral flaws by attributing them to a broader cultural context.