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the founder of a family

person from an earlier time who contributed to the tradition shared by some group

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Let us cherish that spirit of harmony which prompted our forefathers to make the attempt, under circumstances more favorable to its success than, perhaps, ever occurred upon earth.
Preserve in all their purity, refine, if possible, from all their alloy, those virtues which we this day commemorate as the ornament of our forefathers.
The first stories which our forefathers told in the days long, long ago, and which were never written down, are lost forever.
Abu Zaid Hunain bin Ishaq Al-Ibadi (810-873 AD) is the fifth forefather to be featured in the Arab Pioneers Health and Science Gallery.
Looking over the shoulder of the comics geek in the back of science class scrawling vivid depictions in his notebook of post-nuclear Uber- and under-mensch, one might easily imagine his spiritual forefather in the medieval novice, doodling demons on the margins of his biblical transcription.
But DNA analysis suggests that the newly discovered bacterium is a cousin, not a forefather, of modern green-sulfur bacteria that live in sunlit, low-oxygen marine environments.
recently cast a bronze statue of an American forefather, Alexander Hamilton.
5m renovation, in the original style of its 1867 forefather.
Often credited as the forefather of cyberpunk, Dick's novels and stories have inspired some of Hollywood's best science fiction films, including Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report.
The Belliveau patent is an encompassing piece of intellectual property, a forefather of current digital lighting technologies ALSI recently released the performance-based LiveLED 100, manufactured under this license.
A spokesman for Ben Franklin - he of ``They that give up essential liberty for a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety'' - said the late inventor, forefather and womanizer took time from turning over in his grave to let his fans know that, ``Lott has every right to give up his rights .
At the Netherlands Architecture Institute, Oud appears as a taciturn forefather to more recent, media-astute Dutch planning and design gurus.
Many regard Allardyce as the forefather of negative football playing a system to simply survive rather than entertain.
Like her famous forefather, Martha even writes thought-provoking little essays about matters of general concern.