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Signers of the Declaration of Independence

These 56 members of the Continental Congress declared American independence from England in the summer of 1776.

  • Abraham Clark (born 1726, died 1794)

    American political leader.

    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, New Jersey
  • Arthur Middleton
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, South Carolina
  • Benjamin Franklin (born 1706, died 1790)

    American statesman, scientist, publisher, and philosopher.

    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Pennsylvania
  • Benjamin Rush (born 1745, died 1813)

    American physician and politician.

    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Pennsylvania
  • Benjamin Harrison (born 1726, died 1791)

    American statesman.

    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Virginia
  • Button Gwinnett
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Georgia
  • Caesar Rodney
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Delaware
  • Carter Braxton
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Virginia
  • Charles Carroll
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Maryland
  • Edward Rutledge
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, South Carolina
  • Elbridge Gerry
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Massachusetts
  • Francis Hopkinson (born 1737, died 1791)

    American patriot, poet and composer.

    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, New Jersey
  • Francis Lewis
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, New York
  • Francis Lightfoot Lee
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Virginia
  • George Read
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Delaware
  • George Walton
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Georgia
  • George Taylor
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Pennsylvania
  • George Clymer
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Pennsylvania
  • George Ross
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Pennsylvania
  • George Wythe
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Virginia
  • James Wilson (born 1742, died 1798)

    Scottish-born American jurist and politician.

    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Pennsylvania
  • James Smith
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Pennsylvania
  • John Hancock

    American patriot whose name is a slang term for a signature, from his elaborate example on the Declaration of Independence.

    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Massachusetts
  • John Adams (born 1735, died 1826)

    Second President of the U.S., and the first to live in the White House.

    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Massachusetts
  • John Witherspoon
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, New Jersey
  • John Hart
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, New Jersey
  • John Penn
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, North Carolina
  • John Morton
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Pennsylvania
  • Joseph Hewes
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, North Carolina
  • Josiah Bartlett
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, New Hampshire
  • Lewis Morris (born 1726)
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, New York
  • Lyman Hall
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Georgia
  • Matthew Thornton
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, New Hampshire
  • Oliver Wolcott (born 1726, died 1797)
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Connecticut
  • Philip Livingston
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, New York
  • Richard Stockton
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, New Jersey
  • Richard Henry Lee
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Virginia
  • Robert Treat Paine
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Massachusetts
  • Robert Morris
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Pennsylvania
  • Roger Sherman
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Connecticut
  • Samuel Chase

    American jurist.

    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Maryland
  • Samuel Huntington
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Connecticut
  • Samuel Adams (born 1722, died 1803)

    American patriot and statesman.

    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Massachusetts
  • Stephen Hopkins
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Rhode Island
  • Thomas Jefferson (born 1743, died 1826)

    Architect, philosopher, scholar, author of The Declaration of Independence, and third President of the U.S.

    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Virginia
  • Thomas McKean
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Delaware
  • Thomas Stone
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Maryland
  • Thomas Heyward, Jr.
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, South Carolina
  • Thomas Lynch, Jr.
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, South Carolina
  • Thomas Nelson, Jr.
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Virginia
  • William Williams
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Connecticut
  • William Paca
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Maryland
  • William Whipple
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, New Hampshire
  • William Floyd
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, New York
  • William Hooper
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, North Carolina
  • William Ellery
    • Signer, Declaration of Independence, Rhode Island

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