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Who Signed the Declaration of Independence?

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Facts about the men who signed the Declaration of Independence

Fast, fun facts about the men who signed the Declaration of Independence:

The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men

The Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776 by John Hancock when he was the President of the Continental Congress at the time of the signing.

The other signatures were added on various dates, the last being Matthew Thornton, from New Hampshire, who signed on November 4, 1776

The Declaration of Independence was signed and printer John Dunlap was asked to make about 200 copies to be distributed throughout the colonies. Only 26 Dunlap Broadsides survived.

The Declaration of Independence was signed by Thomas Lynch, Jr. and Edward Rutledge when they were only 26 years old.

Nine of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence died before the American Revolution ended in 1783.

In the summer of 1776, when the Declaration was signed, the population of America is estimated to have been 2.5 million.

The Declaration of Independence was signed by Benjamin Franklin when he was 70 years old. He was the oldest of the men to sign the Declaration of Independence.

No one who signed the Declaration of Independence was born in America.

The Declaration of Independence was adopted by 12 of 13 colonies (New York not voting) on July 4, 1776, but wasn't actually signed by all the delegates on this date

The first public reading of the signed Declaration of Independence took place on July 8, 1776, in Philadelphia.

The men who signed the Declaration of Independence
The following list provides the names of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence in alphabetical order:

Abraham Clark (1726 - 1794)
Arthur Middleton (1742 - 1787)
Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)
Benjamin Harrison (1726 - 1791)
Benjamin Rush (1746 - 1813)
Button Gwinnett (1735 - 1777)
Caesar Rodney (1728 - 1784)
Carter Braxton (1736 - 1797)
Charles Carroll (1737 - 1832)
Edward Rutledge (1749 - 1800)
Elbridge Gerry (1744 - 1814)
Francis Hopkinson (1737 - 1791)
Francis Lewis (1713 - 1802)
Francis Lightfoot Lee (1734 - 1797)
George Clymer (1739 - 1813)
George Read (1733 - 1798)
George Ross (1730 - 1779)
George Taylor (1716 - 1781)
George Walton (1741 - 1804)
George Wythe (1726 - 1806)
James Smith (1719 - 1806)
James Wilson (1742 - 1798)
John Adams (1735 - 1826)
John Hancock (1737 - 1793)
John Hart (1711 - 1779)
John Morton (1724 - 1777)
John Penn (1740 - 1788)
John Witherspoon (1723 - 1794)
Joseph Hewes (1730 - 1779)
Josiah Bartlett (1729 - 1795)
Lewis Morris (1726 - 1798)
Lyman Hall (1724 - 1790)
Matthew Thornton (1714 - 1803)
Oliver Wolcott (1726 - 1797)
Philip Livingston (1716 - 1778)
Richard Henry Lee (1732 - 1794)
Richard Stockton (1730 - 1781)
Robert Morris (1734 - 1806)
Robert Treat Paine (1731 - 1814)
Roger Sherman (1721 - 1793)
Samuel Adams (1722 - 1803)
Samuel Chase (1741 - 1811)
Samuel Huntington (1731 - 1796)
Stephen Hopkins (1707 - 1785)
Thomas Heyward, Jr (1746 - 1809)
Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
Thomas Lynch, Jr. (1749 - 1799)
Thomas McKean (1735 - 1817)
Thomas Nelson, Jr. (1738 - 1789)
Thomas Stone (1743 - 1787)
William Ellery (1727 - 1820)
William Floyd (1734 - 1821)
William Hooper (1742 - 1790)
William Paca (1740 - 1799)
William Whipple (1730 - 1785)
William Williams (1731 - 1811)

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