The Signers of the Declaration of Independence

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On August 2, 1776, 56 delegates from the different colonies signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, Pa.  By signing this document, these men were putting their lives at risk.  They were publicly announcing to King George that they were patriots to the American cause and therefore, traitors to the British Crown.  They could be hunted down and hung by the British army.  What would make someone willing to do this?

Here is your task:

  1. Click on the larger Google Map below.
  2. Click on the names of each of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
  3. Write down their occupation.
  4. How many were doctors, lawyers, farmers or brewers?
  5. Choose one person you found particularly interesting.
  6. Click on “Leave a Comment”.
  7. Summarize information about this person in your comment.  Who was he? How old was he at the signing?  What was his occupation?  What was an interesting fact about him?
  8. Type your response and remember to sign your first name ONLY and class.
  9. You have twenty minutes to complete this task.

 

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21 thoughts on “The Signers of the Declaration of Independence

  1. John Witherspoon, #23 signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born on February 5, 1723. His profession was a minister. He was 53 years old when he signed the Declaration of Independence. He died on November 15, 1794. He represented New Jersey.

  2. John Morton, #24 signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born in the year of 1724. He was 52 when signing the Declaration of Independence. He died April 15, 1777. He was a representative from Pennsylvania.

  3. William Williams, #13 signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born in either March or April, 1731. He was a merchant who signed at the age of 45. After his death on August 2nd, 1811, he was buried at “Old Trumbull Cemetery in New London, Connecticut.

  4. Samuel Huntington, #11 signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born in July 1717 and he died January 5, 1796. He signed the Declaration of Independence when he was 45. He was a lawyer. Huntington was one of the first four signers of the Declaration of Independence. 🙂

  5. William Ellery, #9 signer of the Declaration of Independence, was one of Rhode Island’s signers. He was born on December 22, 1717. He died on February 13, 1820. When he signed, he was 48 years old. William was a father of 16 children! Wow!

  6. Roger Sherman, #12 signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born on April 30, 1721. He signed he Declaration of Independence at the age of 55. He died on July 23, 1793. He was known as the man who signed everything. He lived in Connecticut. He worked as a shoe fixer and a lawyer. 🙂

  7. Stephen Hopkins, #10 signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born on March 7, 1707. He worked as a merchant and a farmer. He signed the Declaration of Independence at age 69. Also, did you know he was considered the signer with the worst handwriting?

  8. George Ross, #29 signer from Philadelphia, was born on May 10 1730. He was a lawyer and signed The Declaration of Independence when he was 46. He died on July 14 1789, and was buried in the Christ Church Burial ground in Philadelphia, Pa.

  9. James Wilson, #26 signer from Pennsylvania, was born on September 14,1741. He was a Lawyer, a judge and a land speculator. James Wilson signed The Declaration Of Independence when he was 33. He died on August 21,1798. He was buried in Christ Church Burial Ground in Philadelphia, Pa.

  10. Benjamin Franklin, #25 signer from Pennsylvania, was born in January 17 1706. He was a printer, a farmer, a writer, a scientist, an inventor, a statesman and a Renaissance man. He signed the Declaration of Independence when he was 70. He was buried at Christ Church Burial Grounds in Philadelphia, Pa.

  11. Robert Morris, #27 signer from Pennsylvania, signed the Declaration of Independence when he was 42. He was born January 31, 1734 and died May 8, 1806. He was a merchant and speculator.

  12. John Hart, #20 signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born in about 1711. He signed at age 65. His professions were a mill owner and farmer. He died on May 11, 1779. The people buried him at First Baptist Church Cemetery in Hopewell, New Jersey. The most interesting fact was his age when he signed the Declaration. He signed it at age 65. At those days, 65 was pretty old.

  13. Francis Hopkinson, #21 signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born on October 1, 1737. He signed at age 38. He was a lawyer, musician, and a Renaissance man. He died in May 9, 1791. He was buried in the Christ Church Burial Ground in Philadelphia,PA.

  14. Abraham Clark, #19 signer from New Jersey, was born on February 15, 1726. He was at age 50 when he signed The Declaration of Independence. His profession was a surveyor and a lawyer. Abraham Clark died on September 15, 1794 and was buried in Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Rahway, NJ.

  15. Lewis Morris, #18 signer from New York, was born on April 8,1798. He died on January 22,1798. His age at signing was 50.

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