John Locke

Group Members: Alexa Tannery, Andrew Tannery, Robert Cruz

Family History

Born: August 29, 1632

Died: October 28, 1704

  • Both of his parents were puritans. His father's name was also John Locke and his mother's name was Agnes Keene. John Locke had one brother named Thomas Locke. John Locke's father was a military man who served as a captain during the English Civil War. His mother died during John Locke's infancy and his brother and him were both raised by their father.

Contribution to colonial development

  • Locke identified the basis of a legivent government. Locke's idea was that all people had natural rights, these included life, liberty, and property. John felt that everyone should have these rights from the time they were born to the time they die. He felt that the government needed to protect these rights for the citizens. Most of his ideas sound familiar because many were used and were the foundation of many political systems While others were adopted into the Declaration of Independence.


-Status of being a citizen. If you have citizenship in a country, you have the right to live there, work, vote and pay taxes.

  • John Locke's views of citizenship is a subject ship under a monarchy. His view of the relationship of children to their parents is that the most fundamental fact about children was that they were creatures of God. Intended to occupy that equal and independence status that is the natural condition of mature, rational begins. Locke agreed that family was a natural social unit and parents possessed some dominion over their offspring during minority.