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Who signed the Declaration of Independence?

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted November 22, 2010 at 3:28 AM via web

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Who signed the Declaration of Independence?

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 22, 2010 at 4:07 AM (Answer #1)

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The 56 people who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 were made up of a cross-section of America's colonial elite.  Pennsylvania and Virginia had the largest number of signatories, followed by New jersey and Massachusetts.  Many of them are names you would not recognize today as being historically important or famous, although Benjamin Franklin's name is there (he was the oldest to sign at age 70) as well as Thomas Jefferson, and cousins John and Sam Adams.

John Hancock's name is perhaps the most famous today, signed larger than everyone else's, so that he would be better remembered.  I've included a link below to an indexed list of signers from each colony, with biographies on each.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted November 22, 2010 at 2:11 PM (Answer #2)

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Declaration of Independence is the document through which the British colonies in America declared their freedom from British rule.  This documented was adopted by the Second Continental Congress of delegates from the colonies, on July 4, 1776. The Declaration of independence was signed by 56 delegates including John Hancock as president of the Congress. A complete list of the delegates signing the declaration of independence as available in the website referred below.

Historians disagree on the dates when this declaration was signed by these 56 people. Many believe that all of them did not sign it until August 2, 1776.

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