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What happened to the 56 who signed the Declaration of Independence.

- I re-posted this because I feel this is very important. Please read. -

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?
For the record, here's a portrait of the men who pledged "our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor" for liberty many years ago.

Fifty-six men from each of the original 13 colonies signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Nine of the signers were immigrants, two were brothers and two were cousins. One was an orphan. The average age of a signer was 45. Benjamin Franklin was the oldest delegate at 70. The youngest was Thomas Lynch Jr. of South Carolina at 27.

Eighteen of the signers were merchants or businessmen, 14 were farmers, and four were doctors. Twenty-two were lawyers - although William Hooper of North Carolina was "disbarred" when he spoke out against the king - and nine were judges. Stephen Hopkins had been governor of Rhode Island. Forty-two signers had served in their colonial legislatures.

John Witherspoon of New Jersey was the only active clergyman to attend. (Indeed, he wore his pontificals to the sessions.) Almost all were Protestants. Charles Carroll of Maryland was the lone Roman Catholic.

Seven of the signers were educated at Harvard, four at Yale, four at William & Mary, and three at Princeton. Witherspoon was the president of Princeton, and George Wythe was a professor at William & Mary. His students included Declaration scribe Thomas Jefferson.

Seventeen signers fought in the American Revolution. Thomas Nelson was a colonel in the Second Virginia Regiment and then commanded Virginia military forces at the Battle of Yorktown. William Whipple served with the New Hampshire militia and was a commanding officer in the decisive Saratoga campaign. Oliver Wolcott led the Connecticut regiments sent for the defense of New York and commanded a brigade of militia that took part in the defeat of General Burgoyne. Caesar Rodney was a major general in the Delaware militia; John Hancock held the same rank in the Massachusetts militia.

The British captured five signers during the war. Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, and Arthur Middleton were captured at the Battle of Charleston in 1780. George Walton was wounded and captured at the Battle of Savannah. Richard Stockton of New Jersey never recovered from his incarceration at the hands of British Loyalists. He died in 1781.

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...and would you believe it?

It was another war started by the banksters.

Now class can anyone tell me why we negotiated a debt with King George after the war was over... if we won the war?

well

as Patrick Henry said for his reason on not attending the constitution convention, he "smelt a rat tending toward the crown".

This does not snope very

This does not snope very well.

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What an an amazing number

of atheist protestants and one catholic, har har. This must have been the complete collection of them from all of the colonies!

At any rate, do we have that brand of fortitude now in our hour of need? Time will tell.

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Your Memory, America

Quoting:

"[...]We didn't just fight the British. We were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government! Some of us take these liberties so much for granted... we shouldn't[...] We should respect and honor the few heroes, the true revolutionaries, who believed in liberty and freedom so much that they gave their lives and fortunes to force changes for the common good[...]"

(emphasis mine)

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Solid, solid post. The

Solid, solid post. The Founding Fathers were America's Greatest Generation....

*Wisconsin Constitution* Article I, Section 25 "The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security,defense,hunting,recreation or any other law-abiding purpose"

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"America's Greatest Generation" indeed.

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What moron down voted this post?

This is a great post!

someone who doesn't like me ;)

That one doesn't matter, what matters is the message. :)