List of national founders

From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core
Jump to: navigation, search

The following list of national founding figures is a record, by country, of people who were credited with establishing their nation. National founders are typically those who played an influential role in setting up the systems of governance, (i.e., political system form of government, and constitution), of the country. They can also be military leaders of a war of independence that led to the existence of the country.



Amílcar Cabral was a revolutionary and nationalist leader of Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau.
Saad Zaghloul was the founder of independent Egypt. "Zaeem al Ummah (Leader of the Nation)"

 Cape Verde

Amílcar Cabral (var. Amílcar Lopes da Costa Cabral) (12 September 1924 – 20 January 1973) was an agricultural engineer, writer, and a nationalist thinker and political leader. He was also one of Africa's foremost anti-colonial leaders. Amílcar Cabral led the nationalist movement of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde Islands and the ensuing war of independence in Guinea-Bissau. He was assassinated on 20 January 1973, several months before Guinea-Bissau's unilateral declaration of independence. He is considered a founding father of Cape Verde.


The Founder of Independent Egypt Saad Zaghloul (1859-August 23, 1927) was a politician who served in many ministries of the Egyptian government, and was imprisoned by the British in Malta, but returned to Egypt to complete the revolution in 1919. Zaghloul then was able to make the Sultan of Egypt (later King) Fuad I convince the British to give Egypt independence with a friendly British-Egyptian relationship and in 1922, Egypt was proclaimed an independent Kingdom, the Kingdom of Egypt with Saad Zaghloul as its Prime Minister.


Ahmed Sékou Touré (var. Ahmed Seku Turay) (January 9, 1922 – March 26, 1984) was a Guinean political leader and President of Guinea from 1958 to his death in 1984. Touré was one of the primary Guinean nationalists involved in the independence of the country from France.

He is with Kwame Kuruma one of the founding fathers of the African Union, and the Guinean Diallo Telly was the first general secretary of the African Union.


Whilst Kwame Nkrumah (1909–1972) led the nation to its independence from the United Kingdom in 1957,[1] he features as only one part of Ghana's six founding fathers commonly known as The Big Six (Ghana). The Big Six were Ebenezer Ako-Adjei, Edward Akufo-Addo, Joseph Boakye Danquah, Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamptey, William Ofori Atta as well as Nkrumah. They faced the British government on behalf of returning soldiers and then set in motion the establishing of the republic independent from the British government.


Jomo Kenyatta - served as the first Prime Minister (1963–1964) and President (1964–1978) of the Republic.


Joseph Jenkins Roberts (1809–1876) was born a free man of Black American descent. In 1829 his family moved to Liberia. In 1839, Roberts became Liberia's lieutenant governor and afterwards, its governor (1841–1848). He is known as the father of Liberia and officially declared Liberia's independence in 1847.[2]


King Idris Al-sanusi, also known as Idris I of Libya, (12 March 1889 – 25 May 1983) was the first and only king of Libya, reigning from 1951 to 1969, and the Chief of the Senussi Muslim order. Idris as-Senussi proclaimed an independent Emirate of Cyrenaica in 1949. He was also invited to become Emir of Tripolitania, another of the three traditional regions that now constitute modern Libya (the third being Fezzan).[3] By accepting he began the process of uniting Libya under a single monarchy. A constitution was enacted in 1949 and adopted in October 1951. A National Congress elected Idris as King of Libya, and as Idris I he proclaimed the independence of the United Kingdom of Libya as a sovereign state on 24 December 1951.


The founding father of Namibia is Dr. Sam Shafiishuna Nujoma, who fought for Namibia's independence from South Africa.


are considered founding fathers of Nigeria. The troika of Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe, and Ahmadu Bello negotiated Nigeria's independence from Britain, aided by such figures as Chieftess Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti.

 Sierra Leone

Freetown, Sierra Leone was founded in part by an African American slave called Thomas Peters in 1792 who convinced British abolitionists to help settle 1,192 Black Americans who fought for the British in return for freedom. Peters alongside other Black Americans David George and Moses Wilkinson were influential in the establishment of Freetown, but it was Peters who is remembered today as the true influential leader and founder of Sierra Leone. A street was named for Thomas Peters in Freetown by the Krio Mayor Winstanley Bankole Johnson.[4]

 South Africa

Jan van Riebeeck (1619–1677) was the first Governor of the Cape and later of Batavia, he allowed for many more Europeans to go to the Cape, later leading to the foundation of the Cape Colony. The Voortrekkers were the Founding Fathers of the Transvaal Republic, Orange Free State, and other Boer republics which make up a vast area of present-day South Africa.

Nelson Mandela (1918–2013) was the former President of South Africa, in office from 1994–1999. He led the negotiations, together with F. W. de Klerk, to racially integrate and unite the country.


Mwalimu Nyerere

Julius Nyerere - Key figure in the independence of the country and first President.


The founding father of the modern Tunisia is Habib Bourguiba.





Ahmad Shah Durrani (1723–1773) unified the Afghan tribes and founded Afghanistan in 1747.[5] His mausoleum is next to the Shrine of the Cloak in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he is fondly known as Ahmad Shah Baba (Ahmad Shah the Father).


Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (1920-1975) was the first president of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. In an opinion poll conducted by the BBC Bengali service in 2003, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was voted "The Greatest Bengali of All Time".[6] He was the founder of Bangladesh and Father of the nation.


Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (1594–1651) fled Tibet and unified the fiefdoms of Bhutan. He established the dual system of shared power between secular and Buddhist leadership that continues as a tradition to the present.

 People's Republic of China

Sun Yat-sen is referred to as the "Father of the Country" (國父) of the Republic of China. However, following the Chinese Civil War, the Republic of China was split up into two states, the People's Republic of China, and the Republic of China, commonly referred to as Taiwan. Mao Zedong is commonly accredited with being the architect of the People's Republic of China.

Huangdi is revered as the legendary founder and initiator of Chinese civilization.

 Republic of China

Sun Yat-sen is revered as the founding father ("Father of the Country" - 國父) of the Republic of China.

Huangdi (reigned between 2698–2598 BC) is revered as the legendary founder and initiator of Chinese civilization.


Emperor Bharata is considered the founder of Bhārat which is an official name of the Republic of India.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869–1948) is considered as India's Father of the Nation . His birthday on October 2 is observed as a national holiday. Other prominent Indian independence activists include Jawaharlal Nehru who served as the first Prime Minister of India (1947–64), Vallabhbhai Patel who served as the first Home Minister of India, Dr B.R. Ambedkar who served as first law minister and the principal architect of the Constitution of India, C. Rajagopalachari who served as the last Governor-General of the Dominion of India, J. B. Kripalani and Abul Kalam Azad both of whom served as presidents of the Indian National Congress.

Although this usage is declining, when used in the plural, as the "Founding fathers" it usually refers to the members of the Constitutional Assembly's Draft Committee[citation needed] of the first Cabinet of the Republic of India.


Sukarno, Founding Father of Indonesia

Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta are the founding fathers of Indonesia. They both signed the Proclamation of Independence which then read by Sukarno, proclaiming the independence of Indonesia from the Netherlands on 17 August 1945. A day later, they were elected respectively as the first President and Vice President of Indonesia. As the Netherlands did not recognize the independence, both of them were prominent figures and were seen as symbol of unity among Indonesian people to fight against Dutch during the National Revolution from 1945 to 1949. In August 1949, Hatta headed a delegation to the Hague for a Round Table Conference which then led to the recognition of Indonesian independence by the Netherlands on 23 December 1949.[7]


Cyrus the Great (600 BC – 530 BC) was the founder of the Persian Empire under the Achaemenid dynasty an empire without precedent—a first world-empire of historical importance.[8]


Theodor Herzl is considered the founding father of the Zionist movement and thus indirectly a founding father of Israel. David Ben-Gurion was the founder of the State of Israel and the first Prime Minister of Israel. Abraham is revered as the father of the Jewish People, while King David is revered as the greatest of all Jewish Kings.


Nursultan Nazarbayev was elected the nation's first president following its independence from the Soviet Union in December 1991. In 2010 Parliament of Kazakhstan named him Елбасы (Elbasy) which means "Leader of the Nation".


Emperor Jimmu (神武天皇 Jinmu-tennō?) (traditional reign 18 February 660 BC – 9 April 585 BC) was the first Emperor of Japan,[9] according to the traditional order of succession.[10] The Japanese national holiday National Foundation Day (建国記念の日 Kenkoku Kinen no Hi?) is celebrated annually on February 11 in commemoration of the founding of the nation of Japan and the ascension of Emperor Jimmu to the imperial throne.[11]

 North Korea

Kim Il-sung was the first leader of North Korea at the time of the establishment of the country in 1948.

Before 1945, North Korea and South Korea were both one country, sharing the same history.

Hwanung (환웅/桓雄) and his son Dangun Wanggeom (단군왕검/檀君王儉), legendary founders of Gojoseon, the first kingdom of Korea as a whole. Hwanung was descended to Baekdu Mountain. Baekdu Mountain is today part of North Korea

However, Gaecheonjeol is not celebrated and recognized at all, unlike South Korea.

 South Korea

Syngman Rhee, the first president of South Korea.

For ancient Korea, Hwanung (환웅/桓雄) and his son Dangun Wanggeom (단군왕검/檀君王儉) are legendary founders of Gojoseon, the first kingdom of Korea. The founding date is usually calculated as 3 October 2333 BC; 3 October is a South Korean national holiday known as Gaecheonjeol (개천절/開天節, "Festival of the Opening of Heaven").


Tunku Abdul Rahman (8 February 1903 – 6 December 1990) usually known as "the Tunku" (a princely title in Malaysia), and also called Bapa Kemerdekaan (Father of Independence) or Bapa Malaysia (Father of Malaysia), was Chief Minister of the Federation of Malaya from 1955, and the country's first Prime Minister from independence in 1957. He remained Prime Minister after Sabah, Sarawak, and Singapore joined in 1963 to form Malaysia. Tun Tan Cheng Lock and Tun V.T. Sambanthan are also considered as the main Founding Fathers of Malaysia.


Modu Chanyu, (c. 234 BC-174BC), founded Mongolian Xiongnu state.

Genghis Khan posthumous portrait

Genghis Khan (c.1162–1227), who by uniting the nomadic tribes founded the Mongol Empire, is generally regarded as the father of modern-day Mongolia. Although downcast during the communist-era, Genghis Khan's reputation surged after the democratic revolution in 1990. Modern Mongolia is often called "Genghis's Mongolia".


Anawrahta is considered to be founding father of ancient Burmese Kingdom of Pagan. General Aung San is the founding father of modern Burma (also known as Myanmar). Although he did not live to see the country's independence, he is credited in forming the basic structure of the independence movement and government. Aung San started his political career in 1930 as the editor of Rangoon University's Newspaper – where he accused one of the British administrators of misconduct. In late 1940 he went to Japanese controlled Taiwan and Xiamen to receive military training, and he led the Burmese National Army, spearheading the Japanese invasion of Burma. Later, he switched sides to the Allies, and helped in the Burma Campaign. After the war, he was appointed to the government of a returning British Administration, and was able to negotiate Burma's independence. He helped organized the Panglong Agreement in February 1947, achieving independence for all Burmese territories. However, on Saturday, 19 July 1947, Aung San, along with his cabinet ministers, was assassinated at the secretariat building in Rangoon.


Prithvi Narayan Shah was largely responsible for the unification of Nepal, and is considered to be the founding father of Nepal. His vision of ruling over a unified Nepal is said to have started when atop a hill near Nepa Valley (Present day Kathmandu), he decided he would like to rule over it. His strategic plan was very successful and his successors continued to build on his progress. Prithvi Narayan Shah's descendents continued to rule over Nepal for a total of 240 years before the 2006 democracy movement in Nepal toppled the constitutional power exercised by King Gyanendra, before abolishing the monarchy in 2008.


Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan

Pakistan's founding father is Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who is hailed as Quaid-e-Azam or "Great Leader". Other prominent founders include the poet Allama Iqbal, believed to be the first person to propagate the idea of a state for India's Muslims and members of Pakistan's first Cabinet such as Liaquat Ali Khan, Abdul Rab Nishtar, Malik Feroze Khan Noon, Khwaja Nazimuddin and I. I. Chundrigar. Some historians credit the Muslim reformist Sir Syed Ahmad Khan as a founding father of Pakistan


José Protasio Mercado Rizal y Alonso Realonda or popularly known as José Rizal (June 19, 1861 – December 30, 1896) was a Filipino nationalist during the tail end of the Spanish colonial period of the Philippines. An ophthalmologist by profession, Rizal became a writer and a key member of the Filipino Propaganda Movement which advocated political reforms for the colony under Spain. He was executed by the Spanish colonial government for the crime of rebellion after an anti-colonial revolution, inspired in part by his writings, broke out. Though he was not actively involved in its planning or conduct, he ultimately approved of its goals which eventually led to Philippine independence. He is widely considered one of the greatest heroes of the Philippines, and is implied by Philippine law to be one of the national heroes.[6] He was the author of the novels Noli Me Tángere,[7] and El Filibusterismo,[8] and a number of poems and essays.[9][10]


Lee Kuan Yew (16 September 1923 – 23 March 2015) often referred to as the Father of Singapore or by the initials LKY, he was the first Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore, governing for three decades. He is also widely recognised as the founding father of modern Singapore.

 Sri Lanka

Official Photographic Portrait of Don Stephen Senanayaka (1884-1952)

D. S. Senanayake (20 October 1883 – 22 March 1952) is widely known as father of the nation. Sirimavo Bandaranaike (17 April 1916 – 10 October 2000) was the first female Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and the modern world's first female head of government. William Gopallawa (17 September 1896 – 31 January 1981) was the first Constitutional President while J. R. Jayewardene (17 September 1906 – 1 November 1996) was the first Executive President. Chandrika Kumaratunga (29 June 1945 – Present) was the first female Executive President of the country.


Kinh Dương Vương and descendants of the Hồng Bàng dynasty (reigned between 2879–258 BC) are revered as the founders of the first Vietnamese state and civilization. Its commemoration, also known as Giỗ Tổ Hùng Vương, is an official public holiday in Vietnam, which is celebrated on the 10th day of the 3rd lunar month.

Hồ Chí Minh was a Vietnamese Communist revolutionary leader who was prime minister (1945–55) and president (1945–69) of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam). He was a key figure in the foundation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945, as well as the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) during the Vietnam War.



  • Skanderbeg was a prominent historical figure in the history of Albania and of the Albanian people. He successfully fought against the Ottoman Empire during its apex (the time of Sultans Murad II and Mehmed II) and maintained independence for 25 years (1443-1468) until his death. He is the national hero of the Albanians.
  • Ismail Qemali was a distinguished leader of the Albanian national movement at the beginning of the 20th century, founder of the modern Albanian state in 1912, and its first head of state and government.



Mammad Amin Rasulzade is the founding father of Azerbaijan.[citation needed] Mehemmed Emin Resulzade (Azerbaijani: Məhəmməd Əmin Axund Hacı Molla Ələkbər oğlu Rəsulzadə, Turkish: Mehmed Emin Resulzâde; 31 January 1884, Novkhana, near Baku — 6 March 1955, Ankara) was an Azerbaijani statesman, scholar, public figure and one of the founding political leaders of Azerbaijan Republic (1918–1920). His expression "Bir kərə yüksələn bayraq, bir daha enməz!" ("The flag once raised will never fall!") has become the motto of the independence movement in Azerbaijan in the 20th century.


Although the first known ruler of Bohemia was Bořivoj I, Duke of Bohemia, the real unifier of various Slavic tribes in Bohemia and creator of nation was Duke Boleslaus I, Duke of Bohemia. Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor is regarded as the "Father of the Homeland" in the Czech Republic, because during his time the Kingdom of Bohemia experienced the greatest prosperity. Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (1850–1937) is widely revered as the Liberator President who played the chief role in the 1918 melding of Bohemia, Moravia, Slovakia and Ruthenia into the Czechoslovak Republic, and who served as President of the Republic from 1918 to 1935.

 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Alija Izetbegović, the war-time president of Bosnia, is deemed the national founder of modern Bosniaks and the reviving of their true identity.[17]


Kubrat was the ruler of Old Great Bulgaria in 632. His son Asparukh migrated to the Balkans and established the First Bulgarian Empire in 681. Modern day Bulgaria is a direct successor of this state. Asparukh's brother Kotrag migrated north and founded Volga Bulgaria. Mythical rulers of Bulgaria exist before them, dating back as far as 3rd millennium BC.


  • Franjo Tuđman, first President of the Republic of Croatia 1990-1999.[18] Self-proclaimed "Father of the Nation".[19]

 Czech Republic

Václav Havel was the first president of the Czech Republic (1993–2003). The first president of the antecedent Czechoslovakia was nevertheless Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (1918–1935). The Kingdom of Bohemia was formally established in 1198 by Přemysl Ottokar I.


It was King Athelstan (893/895-939 AD) who united the several Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England around the year 927, when he became King of the English - as opposed to his previous title, King of the West Saxons. However, his fame is often overshadowed by his predecessor and grandfather Alfred the Great (871-899 AD), who set in motion the unification of the English kingdoms and could also claim to be the nation's founder.


Clovis I united all the frankish tribes in Gaul and gave them a common catholic religion. Napoleon founded the French Empire. Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte, later known as Napoleon III is the first French President, elected 1848. Charles de Gaulle is a hero of the French resistance to Germany during WW2, and the first president of the 5th Republic.


King Pharnavaz I of Iberia (302–237 BC) was the first king of the united Georgian kingdom of Iberia. Bagrat III is considered as the first king of united Georgian Kingdom. Zviad Gamsakhurdia is the first president and founder of modern republic of Georgia.


Before the national unification of Germany in 1871, German nationalists sought out multiple legendary founders of the German nation, such as Arminius, Charlemagne and - as championed by Friedrich Ludwig Jahn and Richard Wagner - Henry the Fowler. Otto von Bismarck (1815–1898), the "Iron Chancellor", engineered the unification of the numerous states of Germany in 1871. Modern, democratic Germany was decisively shaped by the "Fathers of the Basic Law" in the 1948 Constitutional Convention at Herrenchiemsee, and by the first German Chancellor, Konrad Adenauer. For reunified Germany, the slogan "Wir sind das Volk!" ("We are the people!") became symbolic, thus making all Germans "founding fathers" of modern Germany.


Rigas Feraios (1757–1798) was a Greek writer and revolutionary, an eminent figure of the Greek Enlightenment, remembered as a Greek national hero, the first victim of the uprising against the Ottoman Empire and a forerunner of the Greek War of Independence.

Adamantios Korais (1748–1833), Theophilos Kairis (1784–1853), Eugenios Voulgaris (1716–1806) and other figures of the Greek Enlightenment.

Theodoros Kolokotronis (1770–1843), (O Geros tou Morea or "The Elder of Morea") was a Greek field Marshal (archistrategos or Marshal Commander-in-Chief) and one of the leaders of the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire, Georgios Karaiskakis (1780 or 1782–1827) was a famous Greek klepht, armatolos, military commander, and a hero of the Greek War of Independence, Andreas Vokos Miaoulis (1768–1835) an admiral and politician who commanded Greek naval forces during the Greek War of Independence (1821–1829), Yannis Makriyannis was (1797–1864) a Greek merchant, military officer, politician and author, Alexander Ypsilantis (1792–1828), Demetrios Ypsilantis (1793–1832) and other prominent personalities of the Greek War of Independence.

Count Ioannis Kapodistrias (1776–1831), was a Greek diplomat of the Russian Empire and later the first head of state of independent Greece recognized by many Greek historians as the Father of the Greek nation.

Eleftherios Venizelos (1864–1936), was an eminent Greek revolutionary, a prominent and illustrious statesman as well as a charismatic leader in the early 20th century,Prime Minister of Greece and served from 1910 to 1920 and from 1928 to 1932, he is credited with being "the maker of modern Greece", and he is still widely known as the Ethnarch.

Ion Dragoumis (1878–1920) was a Greek diplomat, philosopher, writer and revolutionary, he is still widely known as the Founding father of the Greek nationalism.

Alexandros Papanastasiou (1876–1936), was a Greek politician, sociologist and Prime Minister, widely known as the Father of the Republic or Father of the Democracy.

Georgios Papandreou (1888–1968) was a Greek politician, the founder of the Papandreou political dynasty, often referred to affectionately as "ο Γέρος της δημοκρατίας" (o Géros tis dimokratías)—the old man of democracy.


According to Anonymus the fejedelem who made the Magyars settle into the Carpathian Basin in 896 A.D. was Árpád. His dynasty reigned over the Hungarian Kingdom from the ninth century until 1301. In Hungary Stephen I of Hungary is commonly regarded as the founder of the nation. He was Hungary's first king and united the Magyar people into the Kingdom of Hungary. Amongst others, Lajos Kossuth is supposed to be the Pater Patriae. He is known as the leader of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 against the Habsburgs, and therefore founder of the modern Hungarian Republic.


The Irish Free State was established after the Irish War of Independence (1919–21), in which Éamon de Valera, Cathal Brugha and Michael Collins were key leaders. However, they became antagonists in the Irish Civil War (1922–23), in which Collins and Brugha were killed and de Valera defeated. For decades, the inheritors of the opposing factions bypassed these sensitivities to honour the earlier leaders of the Easter Rising of 1916, in particular the seven signatories of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic: Patrick Pearse, James Connolly, Éamonn Ceannt, Tom Clarke, Seán Mac Diarmada, Thomas MacDonagh, and Joseph Plunkett.


Giuseppe Garibaldi the "Hero of the Two Worlds"

Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807–1882), the Count di Cavour (1810–1861) and Giuseppe Mazzini (1805–1872) have been referred to as the founding fathers of the Kingdom of Italy.[20] Vittorio Emanuele II was the first King of a united Italy.

The members of the Assemblea Costituente (the Constituent Assembly of 1946–1947) are considered the "fathers" of the Italian Republic.


As well respected statesmen in Macedonia are considered Metodija Andonov-Čento (first president of SR Macedonia), Nikola Karev (president of Kruševo Republic) and Kiro Gligorov (first president of independent Macedonia). However, often, as "fathers" of the nation are considered Gotse Delchev, Krste Misirkov, Georgi Pulevski and Dimitrija Čupovski and other prominent authors and revolutionaries.[citation needed]



Prince William I of Orange (1533–1584) or William the Silent, is known as the father of the Netherlands. He led the Dutch in their Revolt against Spain for their independence. Today he is often called Vader des Vaderlands which in English means, Father of the Fatherland.[21]


King Harald Fairhair, who unified Norway and ruled c. 872–930, is often considered the founder of the nation.

Usually the Norwegian Constituent Assembly at Eidsvoll in 1814, consisting of 112 men from most of the country, in Norway often referred to as Eidsvoll Men or the Fathers of the Constitution.[22]


Mieszko I (b. ca. 920/45 – d. 25 May 992), the first historical ruler of Poland, Mieszko I is considered the de facto creator of the Polish state. He was a Duke of the Polans from about 960 until his death. Mieszko I's marriage in 965 to the Přemyslid princess Dobrawa and his baptism in 966 put him and his country in the cultural sphere of Western Christianity. According to existing sources, Mieszko I was a wise politician, a talented military leader and charismatic ruler. He successfully used diplomacy, concluding an alliance with Bohemia first, and then with Sweden and the Holy Roman Empire. In foreign policy, he placed the interests of his country foremost, even entering into agreements with former enemies. On his death, he left to his sons a country of greatly expanded territory, with a well-established position in Europe. Mieszko I also appeared as "Dagome" in a papal document from about 1085, called "Dagome iudex", which mentions a gift or dedication of Mieszko's land to the Pope (the act took place almost a hundred years earlier).



  • Decebalus and Trajan are considered to be the fathers of the Romanian people, as Roman veterans were settled on the present-day territory of Romania following Trajan's Dacian Wars.[citation needed]
  • Michael the Brave was the first Romanian prince to rule over the traditional Romanian provinces (Wallachia, Moldavia and Transylvania) in a personal union, albeit briefly.
  • Alexandru Ioan Cuza was elected as the first leader of the modern Romanian state. He presided over Wallachia and Moldavia in a personal union, which later became permanent even though he was forced to abdicate.

 San Marino

Saint Marinus was the founder of the world's oldest surviving republic, San Marino, in 301. Tradition holds that he was a stonemason by trade who came from the island of Rab on the other side of the Adriatic Sea (modern Croatia), fleeing persecution for his Christian beliefs in the Diocletianic Persecution.


The honorific Father of the Fatherland (Отац Отаџбине) has been given to Saint Sava,[28] Karađorđe,[29] and Miloš Obrenović, the latter having been given it by the National Assembly during his lifetime.[30]


Vladimír Mečiar was the main proponent of the Slovak independence in the year 1993. He has served as prime minister until 1998, when he narrowly lost the election.

Many Slovaks see Great Moravia as their ancestors, which would make Mojmír I a Founding Father.


France Bučar is a Slovenian politician, legal expert and author. Between 1990 and 1992, he served as the first chairman of the freely elected Slovenian Parliament. He was the one to formally declare the independence of Slovenia on 25 June 1991. He is considered one of the founding fathers of Slovenian democracy and independence. He is also considered, together with Peter Jambrek, as the main author of the current Slovenian constitution. Jože Pučnik was president of DEMOS and one of the main persons in the Slovenian fight for independence. The largest Slovenian airport is named Letališče Jožeta Pučnika (Jože Pučnik airport). Lojze Peterle was first prime minister of Slovenia and Milan Kučan was the first president.


Catholic Monarchs in the 15th century were responsible for the unification of Spain, both coming from the noble House of Trastámara. Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor (1500–1558) was the first monarch of the Spanish Empire.


While Sweden had existed as a monarchy of sorts long before his time, Birger Jarl, father of and regent for Valdemar, King of Sweden, can be said to have established Sweden as a nation. Birger was Jarl in the years 1248-1266.

Gustav I of Sweden, who secured Sweden's independence from Denmark in 1523, is often considered a father of the nation.


Both the anonymous Eidgenossen who drew up the Federal Charter of 1291, or the liberal statesmen who helped found the modern Swiss Confederation in 1848 can be considered the founding fathers of Switzerland. Among the latter, those who became the first members of the Swiss Federal Council were perhaps the most notable: Ulrich Ochsenbein, Jakob Stämpfli, Jonas Furrer, Josef Munzinger, Henri Druey, Friedrich Frey-Herosé, Wilhelm Matthias Naeff and Stefano Franscini.[citation needed]


 United Kingdom

As the UK formed over many years, its founders did not live at the same time as each other. They include: Humphrey Wingfield, Speaker of the English House of Commons in 1535, at the time of England's union with Wales; John Smith and James Ogilvy, 4th Earl of Findlater, Speakers of the English and Scottish Parliaments in 1707, when the Acts of Union united Scotland and England; Henry Addington and John FitzGibbon, leaders of the British and Irish parliaments at the time of the Acts of Union 1801, uniting Great Britain and Ireland; and Prime Minister David Lloyd George and Colonial Secretary Winston Churchill, who both signed the Anglo-Irish Treaty, which allowed most of Ireland to leave the U.K. and become the Irish Free State.

Northern Ireland had already been established in May 1921, having been created in the Government of Ireland Act in December 1920. This Act was guided through the British House of Commons by Sir Hamar Greenwood, M.P., the Chief Secretary for Ireland at the time. Northern Ireland had been created at the insistence of both Captain Sir James Craig and Sir Edward Carson, the Ulster Unionist leaders.


Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey. Following the First World War, the huge conglomeration of territories and peoples that formerly comprised the Ottoman Empire was divided into several new states. The Turkish War of Independence (1919–22), initiated by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and his colleagues in Anatolia, resulted in the establishment of the modern Republic of Turkey in 1923.[31] He subsequently introduced many radical reforms with the aim of transforming the old Ottoman-Turkish state into a new secular republic.[32]


Magnus Maximus (ca. 335–28 August 388). According to Welsh tradition, Magnus Maximus (Welsh: Macsen-Wledig) was a Roman General who was proclaimed Emperor of Rome by his soldiers in Britain in 383. As such, he was the first "Romano-Britain" ruler of Britain and Rome itself. His mytho-heroic founding of Wales is celebrated in the modern Welsh anthem Yma o Hyd by Dafydd Iwan.

Hywel Dda (c.880–950) was responsible for the codification of traditional Welsh Law, which, according to historian John Davies, "was a powerful symbol of [Welsh] unity and identity, as powerful, indeed, as their language".[33]

Gruffydd ap Llywelyn (r. 1039–63) was the first Welsh king to rule over the entire territory of Wales, from about 1057 until his death in 1063.[34]




 Soviet Union

  • Vladimir Lenin - Officially one among many equal founders of the country, Lenin was, de facto, the paramount leader and founding father of the Soviet Union and the CPSU, the party that ruled it via one-party rule. He died soon after the country's founding and retained a special status of secular apotheosis for the rest of the country's history.


José de San Martín,[38] Simón Bolívar,[39] Antonio José de Sucre, Francisco de Paula Santander,[40] Francisco de Miranda[41] have been referred to as the founding fathers of the region comprising modern day Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Panama.


Simon Bolivar (1783–1830) and Antonio José de Sucre (1795–1830) are considered to be the founding fathers of Bolivia.


Pedro I, founder and first Emperor of Brazil

Pedro Álvares Cabral (1467 or 1468–1520) commander of the first Portuguese fleet to arrive in South America. José Bonifácio de Andrada e Silva (1763–1838), known as "Patriarch of Independence", is considered the maximum leader of the Independence movement because of his intellectual mentorship and political prominence, and Pedro I of Brazil (1798–1834), son of the King João VI of Portugal, the symbol of the "center of force and union", according to the Bonifácio strategy.


Canadian Fathers of Confederation

The name "Fathers of Confederation" is given to those who attended the Charlottetown and Quebec Conferences in 1864, and the London Conference of 1866, to establish the Canadian Confederation. There were 36 original Fathers of Confederation.[42] Queen Victoria, who supported and encouraged this process, is known as the Mother of Confederation. She was the first Monarch under the 1867 Constitution and personally chose Ottawa as Canada's capital city. The political leaders who brought the other provinces into Confederation after 1867 are also referred to as "Fathers of Confederation."[43]


Bernardo O'Higgins (1778–1842) and José Miguel Carrera (1785–1821) are usually considered the founding fathers of Chile. Other people referred as founding fathers of Chile include Camilo Henríquez and Manuel Rodríguez (1785–1818).[citation needed]


Simón Bolívar, was founding father of Gran Colombia, which also included Panama, Ecuador, and Venezuela. Francisco de Paula Santander wrote the first constitution of Colombia. Antonio Nariño ("Precursor of the Independence") and Camilo Torres were the most relevant statesmen of the First Republic.


José Martí is a Cuban national hero.

 Dominican Republic

Juan Pablo Duarte (1813–1876), Francisco del Rosario Sánchez (1817–1861) and Matías Ramón Mella (1816–1864) are considered the Fathers of the Country. Duarte is featured on the $1 coin; Sanchez on the $5 coin and on the now discontinued $5 bill; Mella on the $10 coin and on the also discontinued $10 bill.[44]


Toussaint L'Ouverture (20 May 1743 – 8 April 1803) and Jean-Jacques Dessalines (20 September 1758 – 17 October 1806) were revolutionary and early political leaders of Haiti.


Alexander Bustamante and Norman Washington Manley are considered[by whom?] to be the founding fathers of Jamaica. Alexander Bustamante is credited for his role as an influential union leader and as founder of the Jamaican Labour Party. Bustamante served as the then colony's first Chief Minister from 1953 to 1955 and later went on to lead Jamaica to independence from the United Kingdom in 1962, becoming the country's first Prime Minister. Norman Washington Manley is particularly noted for his role in securing universal suffrage for the country's population in 1944 along with founding the People's National Party. Manley also served as Chief Minister of Jamaica from 1955 to 1962.


According to the decrees of the Congress of the Union of Mexico issued in 1822 and 1823,[45] the Mexican founding fathers are Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla (1753–1811), Ignacio Allende (1769-1811), Juan Aldama (1774-1811), Mariano Abasolo (1783-1816), José María Morelos (1765-1815), Mariano Matamoros (1770-1814), Leonardo Bravo (1764-1812), Miguel Bravo (unknown-1814), Hermenegildo Galeana (1762-1814), Mariano Jiménez (1781-1811), Xavier Mina (1789-1817), Pedro Moreno (1775-1817), and Víctor Rosales (1776-1817).

Nine of the thirteen founding fathers are buried in the Monument to the Independence in Mexico City.[46]


José de San Martín and Simón Bolívar led Peru to independence and forged the country.[47]

 United States

George Washington, chief among the founding fathers of the United States

Within the large group known as "the Founding Fathers", there are two key subsets, the Signers (who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776) and the Framers (who were delegates to the Federal Convention and took part in framing or drafting the proposed Constitution of the United States). Some historians have suggested a revised definition of the "Founding Fathers", including a significantly broader group of not only the Signers and the Framers but also all those who, whether as politicians or jurists or statesmen or soldiers or diplomats or ordinary citizens, took part in winning US independence and creating the United States of America.[48] Eminent American historian Richard B. Morris, in his 1973 book Seven Who Shaped Our Destiny: The Founding Fathers as Revolutionaries, identified the following seven figures as the key founding fathers: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington.


Simón Bolívar (1783–1830) is considered to be the founding father not only of Venezuela, but of many of the region's countries as the Gran Colombia, which also included Panama, Ecuador, and Colombia and Bolivia.[citation needed] José Antonio Páez led the separation of Venezuela from the Gran Colombia and formed the modern statehood of the country.



Sir Henry Parkes (1815–1896) is often regarded as the "Father of Federation" in Australia. During the late 19th century, he was the strongest proponent for a federation of Australian territories. Unfortunately, he died before Australia federated, and was never able to see his plan come to fruition.[49] Various other "founders" of Australia have also been unofficially recognised: Captain James Cook, the Englishman who claimed Australia; Captain Arthur Phillip, the first governor of New South Wales and founder of the first colony; and Sir Edmund Barton, the first Australian Prime Minister.

 Federated States of Micronesia

Chief Justice Andon Amaraich is regarded as "one of the founding fathers of the Federated States of Micronesia".[50][51]

George Tupou I founded the modern Kingdom of Tonga


Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara is widely viewed as the "Founding Father" of an independent Fiji.[52][53][54][55][56]

 New Zealand

James Busby drafted the Declaration of the Independence of New Zealand and co-authored with William Hobson the Treaty of Waitangi, which is considered by some to be the founding document of the nation of New Zealand. The Treaty of Waitangi was not however the basis for either the British annexation of New Zealand, or the development of representative government in the colony.

 Papua New Guinea

Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare is viewed as the "Founding Father" of Papua New Guinea.[57][58][59][60] The leading figure during the country's transition to independence from Australia, he was Papua New Guinea's first Prime Minister.


King George Tupou I, who united his country and established the contemporary Kingdom of Tonga, has been described as Tonga's "founding father".[61][62]


  1. "Kwame Nkrumah's Vision of Africa".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Joseph Roberts, Liberia's first President! The African American Registry
  3. Diller, Daniel; Moore, John (1995). The Middle East. Congressional Quarterly. p. 308.
  4. Université Laval, University of Toronto/. "Biography – PETERS, THOMAS – Volume IV (1771-1800) – Dictionary of Canadian Biography".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. CIA Factbook on Afghanistan
  6. Mustafa, Sabir (14 April 2004). "Listeners name 'greatest Bengali'". BBC News.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. H. J. Van Mook (1949). "Indonesia". Royal Institute of International Affairs. 25 (3): 274–285. JSTOR 3016666.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>; Charles Bidien (5 December 1945). "Independence the Issue". Far Eastern Survey. 14 (24): 345–348. doi:10.1525/as.1945.14.24.01p17062. JSTOR 3023219.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>; Taylor, Jean Gelman (2003). Indonesia: Peoples and History. Yale University Press. p. 325. ISBN 0-300-10518-5.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>; Reid (1973), page 30
  8. Schmitt Achaemenid dynasty (i. The clan and dynasty)
  9. Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō): 神武天皇 (1)
  10. Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1959). The Imperial House of Japan, pp. 28–29.
  11. Hardacre, Helen. (1989). Shinto and the State, 1868-1988, pp. 101-102.
  12. Hovannisian, Richard (1971). The Republic of Armenia: The First Year, 1918–1919. University of California Press. p. 147. ISBN 9780520018051. Aram pasha, as he was known to friend and foe alike, had been a veritable founder of the Armenian republic.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Libaridian, Gerard J. (1991). Armenia at the crossroads: democracy and nationhood in the post-Soviet era: essays, interviews, and speeches by the leaders of the national democratic movement in Armenia. Watertown, Massachusetts: Blue Crane Nooks. p. 19. ISBN 9780962871511. Aram Manukian (1879–1919), a leading member of the Dashnaktustiune, organized the defense of Van in 1915 and Yerevan in 1918. He is considered the founder of the Republic of Armenia in 1918.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. Asryan, Armen (2005). "Արամ Մանուկյանը հայոց մեծ ողբերգության տարիներին [Aram Manukyan in the Years of the Great Armenian Tragedy]". Patma-Banasirakan Handes (in Հայերեն) (1): 54. ISSN 0135-0536.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. Virabyan, Amatuni, ed. (2009). Արամ Մանուկյան. Փաստաթղթեր և նյութերի ժողովածու [Aram Manukian: Collection of documents and materials] (PDF) (in Հայերեն). Yerevan: National Archives of Armenia. p. 2: "...20-րդ դարասկզբի հայոց ազգային-ազատագրական շարժման ականավոր ղեկավար, Վանի ինքնապաշտպանության ղեկավար, 1918թ. մայիսյան հերոսամարերի կազմակերպիչ, Հայաստանի Հանրապետության կերտող Արամ Մանուկյանի..."<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. Harutyunyan, Arpi; Barseghyan, Haykuhi (16 March 2012). "Derision at "Servile" Putin Fan Club in Armenia" (634). Institute for War and Peace Reporting. Archived from the original on 18 September 2014. " Armenian national figure like Aram Manukyan, founder of the [1918] First Republic," Levon Shirinyan, who holds the chair of politics and history at Yerevan's teacher-training university.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. Tarik Kulenović (2008). Politički islam: osnovni pojmovi, autori i skupine jednog modernog političkog pokreta. V.B.Z. ISBN 978-953-201-838-7. Otac nacije naslov je koji Izetbegović zasluženo može nositi, jer je pod njegovim vodstvom dovršen proces nacionalnog formiranja Bošnjaka. Političku slavu Izetbegović je stekao kao predsjednik Predsjedništva Bosne<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. Predrag Matvejević; Vidosav Stevanović; Zlatko Dizdarević (1999). Gospodari rata i mira. Feral Tribune. p. 64.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. James Minahan (1 January 2000). One Europe, Many Nations: A Historical Dictionary of European National Groups. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 198. ISBN 978-0-313-30984-7. On 15 June 1997 Franjo Tudjman, the self-proclaimed "Father of the Nation," was elected for another five-year term<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. V. Creation of the Italian Kingdom
  21. Small Planet Named After Willem the Silent, (in Dutch)
  22. Why did the Norwegian constitution of 1814 become a part of positive law in the nineteenth century?
  23. John V. A. Fine; John Van Antwerp Fine (1994). The Late Medieval Balkans: A Critical Survey from the Late Twelfth Century to the Ottoman Conquest. University of Michigan Press. p. 40. ISBN 0-472-08260-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  24. Walter Rothholz (2003). Political culture in the Baltic Sea Region and in Eastern Europe. Aland-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-936402-04-9. The founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) was Saint Sava (1169-1236), the son of the great Serbian national leader Stefan Nemanja.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  25. Vasilije Krestić (2004). Great Serbia: truth, misconceptions, abuses : papers presented at the International Scientific Meeting held in the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts Belgrade, October 24-26, 2002. SANU. pp. 236, 250. ISBN 978-86-7025-377-3. In fact, the work is dedicated to the ashes of the Father of Serbia, that is, to Karadjordje, whom he compares with the greatest men of the 19th century. Throughout the work, Njegos asks the Serbs to live up to the model set by the heroes of ...<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  26. Yugoslavia. Narodna skupština (1936). Stenografske beleške Narodne skupštine Kraljevine Jugoslavije. p. 1284. Караћорће бити оснивач Србије<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  27. otac nacije Missing or empty |title= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  28. Branko Pešić (1988). Spomen hram Sv. Save na Vračaru u Beogradu: 1895-1988. Sveti arhijerejski sinod Srpske pravoslavne crkve. Отац Отаџбине Св. Сава је надахнуо Немањи- ну државу идеалима хришћанског патриотизма и створио слободну цркву у слободној држави. Држа- ва је Отечество - земља мојих ота- ца. Држава не сме да буде импери- ја, јер где ...<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  29. Durde Jelenić (1923). Nova Srbija i Jugoslavija, 1788-1921. p. 56. ОТАЦ ОТАЏБИНЕ - КАРАЂОРЂЕ ПЕТРОВИЋ<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  30. Milutin D. Nešić (1920). Knez Mihailo. Štamparija braće grujić i prometnog D.D. С државнога балкона у згради Народне Скупштине (Велика пивара) читаше се прокламација народу српском, да је повраћен па престо отац отаџбине Велики Милош. Ко је видео како је та одлука за час угасила оне упаљене ...<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  33. Davies, John (1994). A History of Wales. London: Penguin. pp. 84 & 86. ISBN 0-14-014581-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  34. Davies, John (1994). A History of Wales. London: Penguin. p. 100. ISBN 0-14-014581-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  35. Rurik (Norse leader) Britannica Online Encyclopedia
  36. Rurik Dynasty (medieval Russian rulers) Britannica Online Encyclopedia
  37. Plokhy, Serhii (2006). The Origins of the Slavic Nations: Premodern Identities in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus (PDF). New York: Cambridge University Press. pp. 10–15. ISBN 978-0-521-86403-9. Retrieved 27 April 2010. For all the salient differences between these three post-Soviet nations, they have much in common when it comes to their culture and history, which goes back to Kievan Rus', the medieval East Slavic state based in the capital of present-day Ukraine.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  38. In the Steps of Generals José de San Martín and Bernardo O'Higgins
  39. Statue of Venezuela's founding father unveiled in Tehran in presence of Chavez
  40. Bentham Ban Lifted
  41. Francisco de Miranda and Andrés Bello lectures at The Bolívar Hall
  42. Library and Archives Canada. Fathers of Confederation. Collections Canada: Canadian Confederation.
  43. Canada History: Fathers of Confederation. Access History Web Company: The History Project.
  44. es:República Dominicana#Independencia nacional
  45. "Colección Muro de Honor" (PDF). MX: H. Congreso de la Unión, México. 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  46. "Monumento de la Independencia" (PDF). MX: INAH, México. Retrieved 28 October 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  47. Timothy Anna, The fall of the royal government in Peru, pp. 237–238.
  48. R. B. Bernstein, The Founding Fathers Reconsidered (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).
  49. Sir Henry Parkes (1815–1896)
  50. "The Federated States of Micronesia Mourns the loss of one of its Founding Fathers: Chief Justice Andon Amaraich", Government of the F.S. Micronesia, 28 January 2010
  51. "FSM chief justice dies in Hawaii". Radio New Zealand International. 28 January 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  52. "Biography on Fiji's founding father released", Fiji Daily Post, 14 October 2009
  53. "Fiji's founding father, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, to be buried on home island today". Radio New Zealand International. 2 May 2004. Retrieved 15 October 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  54. Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, Encyclopædia Britannica
  55. Timeline – Fiji, British Broadcasting Corporation
  56. "Fiji founding father, Ratu Mara, dies", Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 19 April 2004
  57. Speech in honour of Sir Michael Somare by President Gloria Arroyo of the Philippines
  58. "Somare returns as PNG leader". Radio New Zealand International. 6 August 2002. Retrieved 15 October 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  59. [1] "Prime Minister opens student admin building named after him", Divine Word University
  60. "Step aside Chief!", Papua New Guinea Post-Courier, 14 September 2007
  61. "Uncertain Times: Sailors, Beachcombers and Castaways as "Missionaries" and Cultural Mediators in Tonga (Polynesia)", Françoise Douaire-Marsaudon, in Margaret Jolly, Serge Tcherkézoff & Darrell Tryon (eds.) Oceanic Encounters: Exchange, Desire, Violence, July 2009, ISBN 978-1-921536-28-1
  62. "Tonga: Two contemporary tendencies", Peter Lyon, The Pacific Review, vol.4, n°3, 1991