*NSYNC, the Backstreet Boys, One Direction – hate them or love them (but admit it: you love them), boy bands are a constant in the world of pop culture.
When we imagine our Founding Fathers, we have a tendency to see them as they’re often portrayed in portraits, complete with wigs or powdered white hair, but these paintings were usually done at the height of their careers. In actuality, most of our Founding Fathers were under the age of 40 when they signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Some were even teenagers!
In celebration of the rebelliousness of youth, we’ve taken a look at what might have happened if the Founding Fathers had decided to start a boy band. No boy band is without its stereotypes, so we’ve labeled each member of the band with their classic persona to make it easy for you to find bae.
The Bad Boy: Benjamin Franklin
We know – you felt the spark. Benjamin Franklin was an inventor, a writer, and, by all accounts, a revolutionary, but he was also a notorious flirt with satirical streak. Ben actually penned a letter called Advice to a Friend on Choosing a Mistress, suggesting to young men that they pursue older mistresses over younger ones, citing advantages such as: less risk of pregnancy, better conversation, and a higher likelihood of keeping the affair secret. Later in life, after the passing of his wife, Ben took advantage of his role as ambassador to France to dive into romantic liaisons with Parisian ladies. Ooh la la!