Skip to main content
Select Source:

Founding Father

Founding Father a member of the convention that drew up the constitution of the US in 1787. Early use of the phrase is particularly associated with US president Warren G. Harding (1865–1923), who in his inaugural address of 1921 referred to his ‘belief in the divine inspiration of the founding fathers’.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Founding Father." The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. . Encyclopedia.com. 18 Nov. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Founding Father." The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. . Encyclopedia.com. (November 18, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/founding-father

"Founding Father." The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. . Retrieved November 18, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/founding-father

founding father

found·ing fa·ther • n. a person who starts or helps to start a movement or institution. ∎  (Founding Father) a member of the convention that drew up the U.S. Constitution in 1787.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"founding father." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Encyclopedia.com. 18 Nov. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"founding father." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Encyclopedia.com. (November 18, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/founding-father-0

"founding father." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Retrieved November 18, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/founding-father-0