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Street Hawk
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Ages of Founding Fathers in 1776

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James Monroe, 18
Aaron Burr, 20
John Marshall, 20
Alexander Hamilton, 21
James Madison, 25
Benjamin Rush, 30
John Jay, 30
Thomas Jefferson, 33
Thomas Paine: 39

“People who did great things often did so at very surprisingly young ages. (They were grayhaired when they became famous… not when they did the work.)” - Patrick Collison


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Benjamin Franklin, 70
Samuel Adams, 53
George Washington, 44

Respect your elders.


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Old age, experience, and a family sometimes cools the blood.


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Now we've got octogenarians that refuse to leave govt


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White boy summer.


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Now we've got octogenarians that refuse to leave govt
Admittedly this is a problem.......


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GetCocky11
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Edward Rutledge of South Carolina was the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was 26 years old at the time.


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Today's young generation is also poised to do great things.



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Samuel Adams, 53


This is why I got a kick out of the History Channel miniseries from 2014, Sons of Liberty. Samuel Adams was the main protagonist and Ben Barnes, who was 34 at the time, portrayed him in the series. They depicted him as being attractive, a lady's man, and a street brawler.


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Emteein
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To put it in perspective life expectancy in 1776 was only about 38 years for your average male. So these dude were mid life.


GetCocky11
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To put it in perspective life expectancy in 1776 was only about 38 years for your average male.


I'd imagine that stat was heavily skewed by high infant mortality rates.

The average age of the Declaration signers was ~44 years old. And their average age at death was ~66.

Of the 56 signers, 19 were under the age of 40.

The "youngest" colony was South Carolina, with an average signer age of 29. I guess disease was a bitch in the southern colonies?

The "oldest" colony was Rhode Island, with an average signer age of 58.

Row Labels Average of Age in 1776
SC 29.00
MD 35.25
NC 38.67
MA 42.00
VA 42.00
GA 42.67
DE 43.67
PA 47.44
CT 48.50
NJ 50.20
NH 51.33
NY 53.50
RI 58.50
Grand Total 44.52

Looking at how long those signers lived. Again, South Carolina came in with the average youngest age at death, 46. The Rhode Island signers lived to an average age of 85.

Row Labels Average of Age at Death
SC 46.50 (featured the youngest signer death, Thomas Lynch Jr. who was lost at sea in 1779 at the age of 30)
NC 48.33
GA 57.00
NJ 62.00
VA 66.14
MD 66.75 (interestingly, the last surviving signer was from Maryland, Charles Carroll of Carrolton, who died at 95)
PA 67.22
DE 67.67
NH 69.67
CT 71.75
MA 76.00
NY 77.00
RI 85.00
Grand Total 66.14

This post was edited on 7/4 at 12:05 pm


BigB0882
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The fact that people don’t understand how life expectancy works is absolutely mind blowing. People weren’t just dropping dead in their mid to late 30s back then. 50 wasn’t some ancient age. People just died from disease and tons of babies didn’t make it long after birth or died as young children. It’s an AVERAGE.


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Aaron Burr


Got milk?


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GetCocky11
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Just to keep going, b/c why not

11 signers had at least 10 children. Carter Braxton of Virginia is the winner in this category with 18 children. 3 of his grandsons would be majors in the Confederate Army.
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RollTide1987
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People weren’t just dropping dead in their mid to late 30s back then. 50 wasn’t some ancient age. People just died from disease and tons of babies didn’t make it long after birth or died as young children. It’s an AVERAGE.


This. The same thing held true in the ancient world. If you survived to be a teenager your chances of living into your 60s were fairly good.


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GoldenGuy
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Row Labels Average of Age in 1776 SC 29.00 MD 35.25 NC 38.67 MA 42.00 VA 42.00 GA 42.67 DE 43.67 PA 47.44 CT 48.50 NJ 50.20 NH 51.33 NY 53.50 RI 58.50 Grand Total 44.52


Before some smart arse liberal mouths off about the south being unhealthy and poor, a reminder that this was before air conditioning


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Before some smart arse liberal mouths off about the south being unhealthy and poor
Yellow fever was a bitch.


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“People who did great things often did so at very surprisingly young ages. (They were grayhaired when they became famous… not when they did the work.)” - Patrick Collison

The Beatles broke up before any of them turned 30


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Damn, I just turned 35 a few days ago...

This makes me feel like shite


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Aaron Burr, 20
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