The Signers of the Declaration of Independence: A Biographical and Genealogical Reference

The Signers of the Declaration of Independence: A Biographical and Genealogical Reference

by Della Gray Barthelmas
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786417048

ISBN-13: 9780786417049

Pub. Date: 08/27/2003

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

None of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 could have imagined a few years earlier that they would be part of such an event. All had been loyal British subjects earlier in their lives, and several had held British government posts in their home colonies. In 1743, Samuel Adams became one of the first to advocate for independence and he was

Overview

None of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 could have imagined a few years earlier that they would be part of such an event. All had been loyal British subjects earlier in their lives, and several had held British government posts in their home colonies. In 1743, Samuel Adams became one of the first to advocate for independence and he was gradually joined by others as English control became increasingly oppressive.

A biography and genealogical history of the 56 signers, and of Secretary Charles Thomson who attended all meetings and witnessed the original broadside with John Hancock but did not actually sign it, are presented in this unique reference work. Each of the 57 entries open with a biography of the man, focusing on his education, political career and the events that led him to advocate for independence, based in large part on contemporary sources. This is followed by a narrative genealogical history, providing names, birth and death dates, marriages, children and other details of the signer's ancestors. Photographs of the men are included.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786417049
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
08/27/2003
Edition description:
ALT
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword1
Preface3
1.John Adams7
2.Samuel Adams17
3.Josiah Bartlett25
4.Carter Braxton31
5.Charles Carroll37
6.Samuel Chase43
7.Abraham Clark47
8.George Clymer51
9.William Ellery55
10.William Floyd61
11.Benjamin Franklin65
12.Elbridge Gerry79
13.Button Gwinnett85
14.Lyman Hall89
15.John Hancock95
16.Benjamin Harrison V101
17.John Hart107
18.Joseph Worth Hewes111
19.Thomas Heyward, Jr.115
20.William Hooper119
21.Stephen Hopkins123
22.Francis Hopkinson129
23.Samuel Huntington133
24.Thomas Jefferson139
25.Francis Lightfoot Lee149
26.Richard Henry Lee153
27.Francis Lewis159
28.Philip Livingston163
29.Thomas Lynch, Jr.167
30.Thomas McKean171
31.Arthur Middleton177
32.Lewis Morris181
33.Robert Morris185
34.John Morton193
35.Thomas Nelson, Jr.197
36.William Paca203
37.Robert Treat Paine207
38.John Penn213
39.George Read217
40.Caesar Rodney221
41.George Ross225
42.Benjamin Rush229
43.Edward Rutledge235
44.Roger Sherman239
45.James Smith245
46.Richard Stockton249
47.Thomas Stone253
48.George Taylor257
49.Charles Thomson261
50.Matthew Thornton267
51.George Walton271
52.William Whipple275
53.William Williams279
54.James Wilson285
55.John Witherspoon291
56.Oliver Wolcott295
57.George Wythe301
Appendices
I.Interrelationships Among Signers and Their Families305
II.The Declaration of Independence307
Selected Bibliography311
Index319

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