Who are the United States founding fathers? Was Thomas Paine a founding father?
In general, the term Founding Fathers is used to refer to any individual who had a considerable role in the American Revolutionary War. There are seven central founding fathers: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington. Technically Thomas Paine could be referred to as a Founding Father, although he is not generally referred to as one but rather an influence on the actions and deeds of the Founding Fathers.