Founding Father

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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.

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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’.