Republican Generation

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The Republican Generation is the name given to that generation of Americans born from 1742 to 1766 by William Strauss and Neil Howe in their book Generations. They grew up as the precious object of adult protection during the French and Indian Wars, an era of rising crime and social disorder. They came of age highly regarded for their secular optimism and spirit of cooperation. As young adults, they achieved glory as soldiers in the American Revolutionary War, brilliance as scientists, order as civic planners, and epic success as state-crafters. Trusted by elders and aware of their own role in history, they led the campaign to ratify the United States Constitution and filled all the early cabinet posts. In midlife, they built canals and acquired territories, while their orderly Federalist and rational Republican leaders made America a "workshop of liberty". As elders, they chafed at passionate youths bent on repudiating much of what they had built.

The Republicans' typical grandparents were of the Enlightenment Generation. Their parents were of the Awakening Generation and Liberty Generation. Their children were of the Compromise Generation and Transcendental Generation and their typical grandchildren were of the Gilded Generation.

Altogether, about 2.1 million Americans were born from 1742 to 1766. 17 percent were immigrants and 17 percent were slaves at any point in their lives.

A list of sample Republicans includes the following, with birth and death dates as this generation is fully ancestral:

The Republicans had three U.S. Presidents: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe. They held a plurality in the House of Representatives from 1789 to 1813, a majority of the U.S. Senate from 1789 to 1813, and a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1791 to 1826. In addition, John Jay (1778-1779), Thomas Mifflin (1783-1784), and Cyrus Griffin (1788-1789) held the Presidency of the Continental Congress before the Constitution was ratified.

Prominent non-U.S. peers of the Republicans include:

Sample cultural endowments of the Republicans include the following:



Preceded by:
Liberty Generation
1724 - 1741
American Generations
1724 - 1741
Succeeded by:
Compromise Generation
1767 - 1791

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