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6 Truly Inspirational Dads From Throughout History


There is nothing more special than a good dad. It is of course essential that mothers raise their children, but it is equally important to have a good father. When men step up to the plate and have an active and engaged role in their children’s lives, it can truly make a world of difference to the progress and happiness of that child. Without a dad, there are many ways that kids can have inconsistencies and voids in their development and sense of self-worth. This is why having a father, or father figure, in one’s life is such a source of joy and pride. Fatherhood can come in all shapes and sizes, but the most important thing is that fathers make an attempt to fit themselves consistently into their kid’s daily lives. Fathers can be the breadwinner, the confidante, the protector, the compassionate one, or the caregiver. What we have seen in recent decades is an increase in fathers breaking gender roles and becoming the primary caregivers for their children. And according to online sources, 85 percent of fathers say that being a dad is one of the best jobs ever, and 90 percent say that being a dad is their greatest joy. To learn about some of the best fathers ever, check out this list of 6 truly inspirational dads from throughout history. 

President Barack Obama

As the 44th President of the United States, President Barack Obama and his personal life were somewhat on display for the world to see. This meant that America had an inside glimpse into his role as a father to his two daughters. What we all say was a gentle father who supports his daughters through thick and thin. President Obama once said in an open letter to his daughters, “When I was a young man, I thought life was all about me. But then the two of you came into my world with all your curiosity and mischief and those smiles that never fail to fill my heart and light up my day. And suddenly, all my big plans for myself didn’t seem so important anymore. I soon found that the greatest joy in my life was the joy I saw in yours.”

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia and Sasha pose for a family portrait with Bo and Sunny in the Rose Garden of the White House on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Charlemagne, A.D. 742-28

Charlemagne is called the “Father of Europe,” and was the first ruler of the Holy Roman Empire. He was an actual father too, and showed mercy to his son when he got involved in a plot to betray him. He was also very loving towards his daughters and had them well-educated for that era. 

Theodore Roosevelt Sr. 

US. President Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. said that his father was, “the best man I ever knew.” In his autobiography, Roosevelt, Jr. said of his father, “He combined strength and courage with gentleness, tenderness and great unselfishness. He would not tolerate in us children selfishness or cruelty, idleness, cowardice, or untruthfulness.”

Charles Darwin


Charles Darwin is considered the father of evolutionary theory, but was also father to 10 children. He is remembered as a doting father who always encouraged his children to be free. “Indeed, it is impossible adequately to describe how delightful a relation his was to his family, whether as children or in their later life,” — Darwin’s daughter Francis wrote of her father in his autobiography. 

Nicholas II

Nicholas II was a ruler of Russia and had four daughters and a son. He is said to have spent much time being concerned for his children, especially his son, who had a blood disorder known as hemophilia. 

Thomas More

Thomas More was a counselor to Henry VIII of England, and is said to have been a good father to his children. He decided to go against the norm of his time and provide the same classical education to his three daughters as he did for his son.