John Witherspoon was the only member of the Continental Congress who was a minister and college president. He was also one of the New Jersey delegates who signed the Declaration of Independence.
Richard Henry Lee finally put Independence on the table… June 7, 1776 during the Second Continental Congress. The shooting had started a year earlier making the second continental gathering all the more important. The delegates in Philadelphia understood the gravity of the situation, but matters at home kept most from expressing their true feelings. As soon as Lee received word of Virginia’s decision to back independence, he presented the resolution to Congress. The motion was quickly secon
William Whipple was born in Kittery, went to sea to earn his fortune, and in 1759 joined in a partnership with his brother in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, as a merchant. He served in the Continental Congress through 1779, became Brigadier General of the New Hampshire Militia in 1777 during the American Revolution, and was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Page Walter Gilman painted this portrait in 1900. Item # 49670 on Maine Memory Network
During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence declaring the United States independent from Great Britain. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, approving it on July 4, 1776