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The Youngest Figures of the American Revolution

  • Todd Andrlik, author of “Reporting the Revolutionary War”, has researched the age of revolutionaries.
  • In 2013 he listed some famous people who were surprisingly young at the start of the American Revolution.
  • For example, Alexander Hamilton was only 21 and James Monroe was only 18.

How old were American revolutionaries when the colonies declared independence from Britain in 1776?

Some were older, like Thomas Jefferson, 33, John Hancock, 39, or Benjamin Franklin, 70. Others were surprisingly young, even teenagers. James Monroe, for example, was 18 and Alexander Hamilton was 21.

In 2013, Todd Andrlik, an authority on 18th century diaries, compiled a list of the ages of famous people at the start of the American Revolution for the Journal of the American Revolution.

Here are everyone on this list who were under the age of 25 on July 4, 1776, the day the Declaration of Independence was passed.


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