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Mike Humphrey for my nephew wrote:

Hi, guys —

I was talking to my cousin Justin about the founding fathers of the United States, especially those who signed the Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution.

Because of the anti-Christian culture in America, I was hoping you could clear up for us, what faith they adhered to and dispel rumors I've heard about some of them.

I told him I thought the were Protestant Puritans (Christians) but I wasn't sure.

  • Were any of these guys Catholic by some long shot?


  { What faith(s) did the founding fathers of the United States adhere to? }

Mary Ann replied:

Hi, Mike —

I can say that at least two of them, if not more, were Catholics:

the Carroll's of Carrollton, one a priest and Archbishop and, the other, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Mary Ann

John replied:

Hi, Mike —

Most of them were some kind of Protestant denomination, some of them were Deists and there were a couple of Catholics.

The revisionists like to play up the fact that a couple of the big names like Jefferson and Franklin were Deists or had Deist inclinations.

What they don't tell you is that Franklin sponsored the Preaching Tours of Jonathan Edwards during the Great Awakening, which was a great Evangelical Revival where many lukewarm Protestants had radical conversions to Christ.


Mike replied:

Thanks guys —

I took the time and did some research on the issues. Here are the results:

39 Signers of the United States Constitution in alphabetical order, by last name.

Source: U.S. Constitution Online

Abraham Baldwin Congregationalist
Richard Bassett Methodist
Gunning Bedford, Jr. Presbyterian
John Blair Episcopalian
William Blount Presbyterian
David Brearly Episcopalian
Jacob Broom Lutheran
Pierce Butler Episcopalian
Daniel Carroll Roman Catholic
George Clymer Quaker/Episcopalian
Jonathan Dayton Episcopalian
John Dickinson Quaker/Episcopalian
William Few Methodist
Thomas Fitzsimons Roman Catholic
Benjamin Franklin Deist
Nicholas Gilman Congregationalist
Nathaniel Gorham Congregationalist
Alexander Hamilton Episcopalian
Jared Ingersoll Presbyterian
Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Episcopalian
William S. Johnson Episcopalian
Rufus King Episcopalian
John Langdon Congregationalist
William Livingston Presbyterian
James Madison Episcopalian
James McHenry Presbyterian
Thomas Mifflin Quaker/Lutheran
Gouverneur Morris Episcopalian
Robert Morris Episcopalian
William Paterson Presbyterian
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney Episcopalian
Charles Pinckney Episcopalian
George Read Episcopalian
John Rutledge Episcopalian
Roger Sherman Congregationalist
Richard D. Spaight Episcopalian
George Washington Episcopalian
Hugh Williamson Presbyterian/Deist
James Wilson Episcopalian/Deist

56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence in alphabetical order, by last name.

Name of Signer Religion
John Adams Unitarian
Samuel Adams Congregationalist
Josiah Bartlett Congregationalist
Carter Braxton Episcopalian
Charles Carroll of Carrollton Roman Catholic
Samuel Chase Episcopalian
Abraham Clark Presbyterian
George Clymer Quaker/Episcopalian
William Ellery Congregationalist
William Floyd Presbyterian
Benjamin Franklin Episcopalian (Deist)
Elbridge Gerry Episcopalian
Button Gwinnett Episcopalian
Lyman Hall Congregationalist
John Hancock Congregationalist
Benjamin Harrison Unknown
John Hart Presbyterian
Joseph Hewes Episcopalian
Thomas Heyward Jr. Unknown
William Hooper Episcopalian
Stephen Hopkins Unknown
Francis Hopkinson Episcopalian
Samuel Huntington Congregationalist
Thomas Jefferson Episcopalian (Deist)
Francis Lightfoot Lee Unknown
Richard Henry Lee Unknown
Francis Lewis Unknown
Philip Livingston Presbyterian
Thomas Lynch Jr. Unknown
Thomas McKean Presbyterian
Arthur Middleton Unknown
Lewis Morris Unknown
Robert Morris Episcopalian
John Morton Unknown
Thomas Nelson Jr. Unknown
William Paca Episcopalian
Robert Treat Paine Congregationalist
John Penn Unknown
George Read Episcopalian
Caesar Rodney Episcopalian
George Ross Unknown
Benjamin Rush Presbyterian
Edward Rutledge Anglican
Roger Sherman Congregationalist
James Smith Presbyterian
Richard Stockton Presbyterian
Thomas Stone Episcopalian
George Taylor Presbyterian
Matthew Thornton Presbyterian
George Walton Anglican
William Whipple Congregationalist
William Williams Congregationalist
James Wilson Episcopalian (Deist)
John Witherspoon Presbyterian
Oliver Wolcott Congregationalist
George Wythe Episcopalian

The table below makes it pretty clear that a majority of both the Signers of the United States Constitution and Declaration of Independence were Christians; at least 86 percent!

Percentage of Religious Affiliation for both Signers of the United States Constitution and Declaration of Independence  
Episcopalian 32 %
Presbyterian 18 %
Congregationalist 17 %
Unknown 14 %
Episcopalian or Presbyterian (Deist) 5 %
Quaker/Episcopalian 3 %
Roman Catholic 3 %
Anglican 2 %
Methodist 2 %
Lutheran 1 %
Unitarian 1 %
Quaker/Lutheran 1 %
Deist 1 %
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