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founding father

Someone who was instrumental in the beginning or creation of something. This phrase is capitalized when used to refer to the members 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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We will stay the course laid down by our founding fathers and continue to deepen the Spirit of the Union, whose announcement was motivated by the aspirations of our people for a system that unifies and mobilises efforts and unleashes energies through federal institutions that play their role in an integral method with local governments and in complete coordination with all other sectors.
In successfully segregating the issue of slavery from the question of political liberty, Founding Fathers like Benjamin Franklin perpetuated an institution that had destroyed generations of enslaved blacks, and would destroy generations more.
The Souls of Black Folk appeared in print on April 18, 1903--127 years after the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and 116 years after they adopted the United States Constitution in 1787.
Reinvention takes new founding fathers using empowerment.
Open Skies is available to about five million passengers who fly on Emirates each month, allowing the airline to spread the message of inspiration, dedication, and leadership of UAE's founding father across its six-continent network.
Eng Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, CEO of Senaat, said: "Our company's support to the festival reflects our dedication to upholding the deep-rooted values, principles, and traditions gifted to us by the Founding Father, late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
He authored several books on law, Pakistan's judicial history and his association with the founding father of the country.
To African Americans, Houston was more founding father than anyone who framed the Constitution.
To uphold, preserve, and advance the philosophies of this enlightened founding father of our democracy, the AHA has provided the seed money for establishing Thomas Jefferson Societies on public-school campuses, and the association's board of directors has authorized me to proceed with the project.
Summary: The UAE Ministry of Economy will launch three community initiatives in memory of the late founding father, Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
ISLAMABAD -- Prime Mohammad Nawaz Sharif has asked the nation to seek guidance from the lifestyle and upright character of their founding father Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and transform Pakistan into a model state with prevalence of peace, brotherhood, moderation, patience and protection to minorities' rights.
Summary: The UAE Ministry of Economy will launch three community initiatives in memory of the late UAE founding father, Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Shahbaz Bhatti also proposed that the historic speech of the founding father of Pakistan which he delivered on 11th August, 1947 during the 1st Assembly of Pakistan may also be made the substantial part of the constitution as Article 2(b).
Psychology professor Stanley Finger extends his repertoire of books on the history of medicine with Doctor Franklin's Medicine, an intriguing look at founding father Benjamin Franklin's contributions to the field of medicine.