founding father

Definitions of founding father

n a person who founds or establishes some institution

beginner, father, founder
Sir Walter Raleigh
English courtier (a favorite of Elizabeth I) who tried to colonize Virginia; introduced potatoes and tobacco to England (1552-1618)
Cecil John Rhodes
British colonial financier and statesman in South Africa; made a fortune in gold and diamond mining; helped colonize the territory now known as Zimbabwe; he endowed annual fellowships for British Commonwealth and United States students to study at Oxford University (1853-1902)
one of a group of founders
coloniser, colonizer
someone who helps to found a colony
a woman founder
Type of:
conceiver, mastermind, originator
someone who creates new things

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