Fathers are the foundation of our lives, the cornerstones of our character, and the mentors who nurture our dreams, transforming them into reality.
Countless fathers and father-figures have shaped the course of history. Some have pioneered paths, others have touched our hearts sharing from their own lives, and still others have left a legacy that many of us treasure, long after they’re gone.
Here are some examples of famous fathers, past and present:
- George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Adams, John Jay—“Founding Fathers” of theUnited States
- John Muir—“Father of theUnited StatesNational ParkService”
- A.A. Milne—author of the Winnie-the-Pooh book series, who based the character of Christopher Robin on his own son.
- Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird) . He is a lawyer and a single father raising his two children – Scout and Jem. He is the very ideal of courageous, kind, respectable and moral. His shining quality is evident in the advice he gives his daughter “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it”.
- Fred MacMurray (Steve Douglas, “My Three Sons”), Hugh Beaumont (Ward Cleaver, “Leave It To Beaver”), Bill Cosby (Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, “The Cosby Show”)—famous television dads we welcomed into our homes every week.
- Mufasa (Lion King). He is not only a good King, but a great father to his son, Simba. He teaches Simba to be fair, patient and respectful to other animals.
- John Adams and George H. W. Bush—two U.S.Presidents whose sons followed in their fathers’ famous presidential footsteps (John Quincy Adams and George W. Bush, respectively)
As we spend some special time with our fathers this Father’s Day, let us remember and celebrate those whose paternal contributions left an inspiring impression to be cherished forever.
“He carried us in his arms. We carry him in our hearts.”