Francis Hopkinson, New Jersey, Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Ranking among the better literary efforts of the Revolutionary and early Federal periods, Hopkinson’s essays include: "A Pretty Story," which was a skeptical examination of the relationship between the crown and the colonies; "Battle of the Kegs," which was a satiric taunting of the British; and "The Prophecy," which predicted the adoption of the Declaration of Independence months before that event.
William Williams (1731-1811) was a merchant and a delegate from Connecticut to the Continental Congress in 1776 and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Williams was elected to the Continental Congress to replace Oliver Wolcott. Although he arrived too late to vote for the Declaration of Independence, he did sign the formal copy as a representative of Connecticut. He was also pastor of the First Congregational Church in Lebanon, Connecticut.
Matthew Thornton (1714 – June 24, 1803), was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New Hampshire. He was elected to the Continental Congress, but as he did not arrive in Philadelphia until November, 1776, he was granted permission to actually sign three months after the formal signing in August. Thornton became a physician and was appointed surgeon to the New Hampshire Militia troops in the expedition against Fortress Louisbourg.