How much did he influence the Founding Fathers?
Influence on Declaration of Independence
His most obvious contribution to the D.O.I. was on its most famous line, "We believe that all men are created equal, and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."-Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence.This is a very obvious parallel to Locke's ideas of human rights including the rights to life, liberty, and possessions rights that he expressed clearly in one of his greatest works ,and the one most referenced in this presentation, The Second Treatise Concerning Civil Government.
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