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Author Tom Fleming's "The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers"

Historian and best-selling author Tom Fleming

When it comes to the Revolutionary era, there’s no better storyteller than best-selling author Tom Fleming. In fact, The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers, is most relevant for our Grateful American™ Series, and one of the books David Bruce Smith and Hope Katz Gibbs focused on during their recent interview with Fleming in his stomping ground of New York City.

The co-hosts of the Grateful American™ TV Show couldn’t have found a better spot to do the interview than the formal dining room of Alexander Hamilton’s home, The Grange. Be sure to check out the TV episode.

Download the entire interview now, to find answers to these questions:

  • What were the lives of the great figures in American history really like, including George Washington, Ben Franklin, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison?
  • What role did the founding mothers played in the lives of these famous men — such as George Washington’s mother, Mary Ball Washington, who is known to not be a very particularly affectionate woman.
  • How do the customs of the 18th century differ from today’s methods, including courting, medicine, and hygiene?
  • What makes it so important that their stories live on—especially in the minds of kids?
  • And how can parents help their kids develop a passion for history?
  • Plus, you’ll learn 3 important ideas about the founding fathers and mothers that your family can talk about tonight at the dinner table.
  • Added bonus: Scroll down for 10 fascinating facts about this era.

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Did you know:

1. Of the Founding Fathers who became President, only George Washington did not go to college. John Adams graduated from Harvard; James Madison from Princeton; and Thomas Jefferson attended the College of William and Mary.

2. John Adams was the first President to live in the White House, moving in during November of 1800. He only lived there four months, however, for he lost that year’s election to Thomas Jefferson.

3. On March 4, 1793, George Washington delivered the shortest inauguration speech in American History: 133 words. William Henry Harrison gave the longest — 8,443 words — on March 4, 1841. It was a cold, blustery day in DC that day, and he caught a chill, which ultimately led to his death one month later.

4. Author Washington Irving described James Madison as “a withered little apple john,” and his wife Dolley as a “fine, portly, buxom dame.”

5. The Marquis de Lafayette thought so much of George Washington that he named his son George Washington Lafayette. Over the years, Washington came to have tremendous affection for Lafayette and referred to him as “My French Son.”

6. John Adams was the only President to be the father of a future President — John Quincy Adams — until George W. Bush, son of George H.W. Bush, became President in 2000.

7. Thomas Jefferson often spent $50/day (about $900 in 2014 dollars) on groceries for the lavish entertaining that he did. The wine bill for his eight-year presidency was $11,000 (approximately $198,000).

8. Although it is known that George Washington called for the emancipation of the slaves in his Last Will and Testament, Martha freed the slaves that Washington owned. However, she was unable to free the slaves that she owned. Under the terms of her first husband’s will, these slaves — about half of those living at Mount Vernon — belonged to her children and grandchildren.

9. Originally, George Washington was to be buried beneath the Rotunda floor, under the Capitol dome. But, he died before the Rotunda was finished.

10. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on the same day: July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. James Monroe died July 4, 1831.

About The Grateful American™ Series:

The series includes:

  • The Grateful American™ Radio Show on the Inkandescent Radio Network features interviews about historical figures (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, etc.) with the chief executives of the nation’s presidential homes, historians, and other experts:
  • A TV series on YouTube, public access, and national TV stations.
  • The Grateful American™ Guidebooks: Features insights from the leaders of the presidential homes, and interactive exercises that explore, engage, and help readers develop an interest in American history.
  • The Grateful American™ Events: Dovetails with and promoting the events-in-progress currently going on at each of the nation’s top presidential homes.
  • An interactive website: Students post art, photos, writing, music, and other creative works about what excites them about American history.

About David Bruce Smith

Author and publisher David Bruce Smith is the creator of The Grateful American™ Series, an interactive multimedia program that is focused on restoring enthusiasm for American history in children—and adults, too.

A graduate of The George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in American Literature, and a master’s in journalism from New York University, Smith has spent decades as a real estate executive and the Editor-in-Chief/ Publisher of Crystal City magazine.

He is also the author of 11 books, including his most recent, American Hero: John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States.

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