Excerpt: "Scholars and popular authors regularly assert that America's founders were deists. They support these claims by describing the religious views of the following men: Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Thomas Paine, Alexander Hamilton, and Ethan Allen. On rare occasion, they reach beyond this select fraternity to include another founder, and they almost inevitably concede that not all founders were as enlightened as the ones they profile. However, they leave the distinct impression that most founders, and certainly the important ones, were deists."
Hall, Mark David, "The Myth of the Founders' Deism (Chapter One of Did America Have a Christian Founding?" (2019). Faculty Publications - Department of History, Politics, and International Studies. 98.