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Important People in the Revolutionary War

Virginia SOL US History Grade 5

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John AdamsChampioned the cause of independence
Benjamin FranklinProminent member of the Continental Congress; Helped frame the Declaration of Independence
Samuel AdamsMember of the Sons of Liberty; Wrote news articles for Boston newspapers attacking the Stamp Act
Phyllis WheatleyFormer Slave; Wrote poems and plays supporting American independence
John LockeClaimed that people have natural rights to life, liberty, and property; Claimed that government is created to protect the rights of people
Thomas JeffersonMajor author of the Declaration of Independence
Paul ReverePatriot that made a daring ride to warn colonists of British arrival
George WashingtonCommander of the Continental Army
Patrick HenryOutspoken member of House of Burgesses; Famous Speech "Give me liberty, or give me death!"
Lord CornwalisBritish general that surrendered at Yorktown
Thomas PaineJournalist; author of Common Sense

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