Revolutionary-Era Leadership

For the revolutionary era prior to 1789, we present the following generational breakdowns.

Revolutionary-Era Leaders of the United States
Leader Category Awakening Liberty Republican Total
n % Avg.
Age
n % Avg.
Age
n % Avg.
Age
n % Avg.
Age
Colonial Delegates to the Stamp Act Congress
(New York City; October 7–25, 1765)
14 52 51 13 48 36 0 0 n/a 27 100 44
Known Members of the Boston Tea Party Riot
(Boston; December 16, 1773)
1 1 57 15 19 39 62 79 23 78 100 27
Signers of the Declaration of Independence
(Philadelphia; July–August, 1776)
11 20 61 35 63 44 10 18 32 56 100 45
Signers of the U.S. Constitution
(Philadelphia; September 17, 1787)
4 10 69 13 33 52 22 56 37 39 100 46
Revolutionary-Era Governors (%)                        
  1775   80     10     10     100  
  1777   33     67     0     100  
  1779   25     50     25     100  
  1781   23     62     15     100  
  1783   23     77     0     100  
  1785   23     77     0     100  
  1787   23     62     15     100  
Delegates to the Continental Congress at End of Year (%)                        
  1775   22     66     12     100  
  1777   17     58     25     100  
  1779   16     61     22     100  
  1781   13     53     34     100  
  1783   5     47     48     100  
  1785   0     43     57     100  
  1787   2     24     75     100  

Presidents of the Continental Congress
Name Generation Lifespan State Term Age
Peyton Randolph Awakening 1721–1775 VA 1774, 1775 53, 54
Henry Middleton Awakening 1717–1784 SC 1774–1775 57–58
John Hancock Liberty 1737–1793 MA 1775–1777 38–40
Henry Laurens Liberty 1724–1792 SC 1777–1778 53–54
John Jay Republican 1745–1829 NY 1778–1779 33–34
Samuel Huntington Liberty 1731–1796 CT 1779–1781 48–50
Thomas McKean Liberty 1734–1817 DE 1781 47
John Hanson Awakening 1721–1783 MD 1781–1782 60–61
Elias Boudinot Liberty 1740–1821 NJ 1782–1783 42–43
Thomas Mifflin Republican 1744–1800 PA 1783–1784 39–40
Richard Henry Lee Liberty 1732–1794 VA 1784–1786 52–54
Nathaniel Gorham Liberty 1738–1796 MA 1786–1787 48–49
Arthur St. Clair Liberty 1736–1818 PA 1787–1788 51–52
Cyrus Griffin Republican 1748–1810 VA 1788–1789 40–41