Signers of the Declaration
The great patriots who were Signers of the Declaration
These men were Congressional delegates from all 13 American colonies gathered in Philadelphia to debate and revise the document, that was written by a committee headed by Thomas Jefferson and consisted of 5 other men. On July 4, 1776 it was completed and officially adopted by Congress in Independence Hall. The signing began on August 2, 1776, but all of the delegates were not together on this occasion, so they did not all sign it on the same day.
The Signers of the Declaration are as follows:
Thomas Jefferson is the primary author of the Declaration of Independence. There were a few modifications to his document, but he is the main literary genius of this work of art. Speaking of the document he later stated, “Neither aiming at originality of principle or sentiment, nor yet copied from any particular and previous writing, it was intended to be an expression of the American
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Benjamin Rush- Most famous physician in America, also a noted writer and representative of congress that became one of the signers of the Declaration. He was famous for bleeding his patients which was a great help to some and controversial to others.
Caesar Rodney- Was one of the signers of the Declaration. He was born in Dover Delaware in 1730 to a prominent family. At the age of 28 he was appointed to high sheriff, he also served as justice of the peace, lower court judge, and served in the legislature in Kent county, DE. In 1765 he was appointed as one of the representatives to the first general congress in New York. In 1769 he was elected as speaker of the house, and he cast the tie breaking vote among the representatives from Delaware and the voting unanimous for all 13 colonies to proclaim their independence.
John Hancock- Is famous because he is the one of the signers of the declaration with a huge signature so that King George would be able to read it without needing his glasses!
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
John Adams- First vice- president of the United States and second president of the U.S. Harvard educated lawyer, he represented the British soldiers in the Boston Massacre, and was a strong voice for Independence. “People and nations are forged in the fire of adversity.”
Robert Treat Paine
New Jersey delegates who were signers of the declaration:
Abraham Clark- Surveyor, self taught lawyer often representing people who could not afford a lawyer thus being called “the poor man’s lawyer”. Chosen as a delegate
to the Continental Congress where he became one ofthe Signers of the Declaration. Elected to the house of representatives for 2 terms.
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
They were guilty of treason and if caught they would have been sentence to death and executed quickly. These brave Signers of the Declaration also signed their death warrant at the same time.