Signers of the Declaration of Independence

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Here are short biographies of all 56 signers of the Declaration. The first, largest, and most famous signature is that of John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress. The youngest signer was Edward Rutledge (age 26). Benjamin Franklin (age 70) was the oldest. Two future presidents signed: John Adams (second President) and Thomas Jefferson (third President).

 
Delaware   George ReadCaesar Rodney
Thomas McKean
 
Pennsylvania   George ClymerBenjamin Franklin
Robert MorrisJohn Morton
Benjamin RushGeorge Ross
James SmithJames Wilson
George Taylor
 
Massachusetts   John AdamsSamuel Adams
John HancockRobert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
 
New Hampshire   Josiah BartlettWilliam Whipple
Matthew Thornton
 
Rhode Island   Stephen HopkinsWilliam Ellery
 
New York   Lewis MorrisPhilip Livingston
Francis LewisWilliam Floyd
 
Georgia   Button GwinnettLyman Hall
George Walton
 
Virginia   Richard Henry LeeFrancis Lightfoot Lee
Carter BraxtonBenjamin Harrison
Thomas JeffersonGeorge Wythe
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
 
North Carolina   William HooperJohn Penn
Joseph Hewes
 
South Carolina   Edward RutledgeArthur Middleton
Thomas Lynch, Jr.Thomas Heyward, Jr.
 
New Jersey   Abraham ClarkJohn Hart
Francis HopkinsonRichard Stockton
John Witherspoon
 
Connecticut   Samuel HuntingtonRoger Sherman
William WilliamsOliver Wolcott
 
Maryland   Charles CarrollSamuel Chase
Thomas StoneWilliam Paca

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