signers of the Declaration

Signers of the Declaration of Independence

Short biographies on each of the 56 Declaration signers

Stephen Hopkins


Representing Rhode Island at the Continental Congress

by Ole Erekson, Engraver, c1876, Library of Congress
Born:March 7, 1707
Birthplace:Providence, R.I.
Education:(Lawyer, Educator)
Work:Speaker of the Rhode Island Assembly, (circa 1750-2); Delegate to the Albany Convention, 1754; Member of the Continental Congress, 1774-78; Member of Rhode Island Legislature.
Died:July 13, 1785

Stephen Hopkins was born in Scituate (then a part of Providence), Rhode Island, on the seventh of March, 1707. He was apparently self-educated. He was a member and speaker of the Rhode Island Assembly, and in 1754 was a delegate to the Albany convention in New York were he considered Franklin's early plan of Union. Hopkins spoke out against British tyranny long before the revolutionary period. He attended the first Continental Congress in 1774, and was a party to the Declaration of Independence in 1776. He left that congress in 1778 and returned to his native state to serve in its Legislature. He died on the 13th of July, 1785 at the age of 78.

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