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Did the Founders in 1776 Prove Our Youth Can Turn This Country Around?

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Maybe next time don’t be so quick to dismiss the ideas of the young for a number of the key participants in the Revolutionary War were surprisingly young:

Marquis de Lafayette, 18
James Monroe, 18
Gilbert Stuart, 20
Aaron Burr, 20
Alexander Hamilton, 21
Betsy Ross, 24
James Madison, 25

READ: Ages of The American Revolution's Most Prominent Figures

But youth must be tempered with age and experience:

Thomas Jefferson, 33
John Adams, 40
Paul Revere, 41
George Washington, 44
Samuel Adams, 53

The oldest participant in the Revolution, by a wide margin, was Benjamin Franklin, who was 70 years old on July 4, 1776. Franklin was a full two generations removed from the likes of Madison and Hamilton.

Do the youth of today have what it takes to turn this country around? If not, why?

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