DOCUMENT SIGNED ON THIS DAY IN 1776

declaration

On this day in 1776, members of Congress affixed their signatures to an
enlarged copy of the
Declaration of Independence.

A total fifty-six congressional delegates signed the document, including
some who were not present at the vote approving the declaration. The
delegates signed by state from North to South, beginning with Josiah
Bartlett of
New Hampshire and ending with George Walton of Georgia.
John Dickinson of
Pennsylvania and James Duane, Robert Livingston
and
John Jay of New York refused to sign. Carter Braxton of Virginia;
Robert Morris of Pennsylvania; George Reed of
Delaware; and Edward
Rutledge of
South Carolina opposed the document but signed in order
to give the impression of a unanimous Congress. Five delegates were
absent: Generals
George Washington, John Sullivan, James Clinton
and Christopher Gadsden and Virginia Governor
Patrick Henry.

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