Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independenceby Benson John Lossing
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The fifty-six signers of America's Declaration of Independence risked their “lives, fortunes, and sacred honor” to found a new country. In this classic work, Benson J. Lossing describes the lives of each of the founding fathers, their greatest achievements, and what impelled them to take such an incredible risk. While some are well known to us – Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock – much of the pleasure in this book comes from reading about the lesser-known signers, and about the many challenges they faced throughout their lives in the young United States. Appendices contain Thomas Jefferson's original version of the Declaration, an analysis of its grievances, the subsequent Articles of Confederation and US Constitution, and the offending Stamp Act. This ebook edition includes an active table of contents, reflowable text, and 50 period engravings of the faces and signatures of the signers.
Table of Contents:
• New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton.
• Massachusetts: John Hancock, John Adams, Samuel Adams, Robert Treat Paine.
• Rhode Island: Elbridge Gerry, Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery.
• Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott.
• New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris.
• New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark.
• Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross.
• Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean.
• Maryland: Samuel Chase, Thomas Stone, William Paca, Charles Carroll, of Carrollton.
• Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton.
• North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn.
• South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton.
• Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton.
• Robert R. Livingston, (of New York, not a signer).
• The Declaration of Independence.
• Articles of Confederation.
• The Federal Constitution.
• The Stamp Act.
• Names of Delegates to the Constitutional Convention.
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Lives of The Signers by B. J. Lossing is a unique epic that traces the lives of fifty-seven of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. From John Adams , Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin, to the lesser known men like Dr. Benjamin Rush. Lossing first published his book in 1848, a time when the new nation was young, and fresh. This book was used for many years in our country¿s public schools. I am pleased that this book is now available again from Wall Builders Press. Permit me to list just a few of the many men whose lives are sketched in this timeless volume. Josiah Barlett of New Hampshire 1729-1795, William Whipple of New Hampshire 1730-1785, Matthew Thornton of New Hampshire 1714-1803, and Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts 1744-1814. All of these men were brilliant statesmen; they had a mind capacity that would far outreach many of our politicians today. These men understood law and government. Not only did they sign the Declaration, many drafted the U.S. Constitution years later. I believe this book belongs on every home-school family¿s shelf. This is a great read-aloud for the family because the short sketches are easy to follow, and it is very educational. There are many books like this one, for instance, A Worthy Company M. E. Bradford; however, Lives of the Signers is possibly the more in-depth. I heartily recommend this book.
This individual biographical account of the fifty seven signers of the Declaration is a encomium to liberty and our patriotic Fathers who bequeathed it to us. The books format evolves describing the signers ancestry, education, professional, family and patriotic achievements including their physical and financial burdens and deaths. There is a historical discussion of the Declaration, including a article by article consideration of the proofs of these charges. The book also discusses in detail 'The Articles of Confederation' which evolved into 'The Constitution of the United States'. I commend WallBuilders for reprinting this origional work by BJ Lossing.
Hey, what happened to the newer looking cover that was advertised? Again, I am disappointed with B&N and their e-book service. Otherwise, this book is a historical treasure and I am delighted to have the opportunity to read the original version. I've seen the newer versions, and believe me, they are changing things and leaving stuff out! Thanks, Wallbuilders for preserving this marvelous little book!
Interesting reading in short vignettes from an 1848 perspective in language of the time. May stimulate additional follow-up reading on several signers.