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 for forefather
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Forefather \Fore"fa`ther\ (?; 277), n.
     One who precedes another in the line of genealogy in any
     degree, but usually in a remote degree; an ancestor.
     [1913 Webster]
           Respecting your forefathers, you would have been taught
           to respect yourselves.                   --Burke.
     [1913 Webster]
     Forefathers' Day, the anniversary of the day (December 21)
        on which the Pilgrim Fathers landed at Plymouth,
        Massachusetts (1620). On account of a mistake in reckoning
        the change from Old Style to New Style, it has generally
        been celebrated on the 22d.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the founder of a family; "keep the faith of our
           forefathers" [syn: forefather, father, sire]
      2: person from an earlier time who contributed to the tradition
         shared by some group; "our forefathers brought forth a great

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