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Benjamin Rush, signer of Declaration of Independence, Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Declaration of Independence Reading from the Old State House Boston Massachusetts Vintage Linen Postcard

On July 8, 1776, the citizens of Philadelphia were summoned to the State House Yard by the bells of the city. At noon, Colonel John Nixon publicly read the Declaration of Independence for the first time

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Picture of Samuel Augustus Maverick, one of the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence in 1836. Source: Wikipedia. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Descendant of Texas Declaration of Independence Signer Dies.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/descendant-of-texas-declaration-of-independence-signer-dies.html

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George Clymer (1739-1813) was one of the first Patriots to advocate complete independence from Britain. As a Pennsylvania representative, he was a signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

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John Hancock, American Patriot Leader and signer of the Declaration of Independence; 1/12/1737-10/8/1793, Granary Burial Ground, Boston, Mass, USA

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Founders or Traitors? FREE online virtual field trip on the Declaration of Independence. Created by Colonial Williamsburg, it includes videos, lessons, interactive chats with historians, primary sources, and much more. Just requires registration -- no spam. Flip your history unit on the founding of our nation using this awesome resource!

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The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart. Benjamen Franklin

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As a wealthy merchant, Robert Morris was one of the main financiers of the American Revolutionary War. He was also a signatory of the Declaration of Independence and a delegate to the Second Continental Congress. Read more at revolutionary-war.net!

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Button Gwinnett (1735-1777)—After the Governor died in 1777, Button Gwinnett served as the Acting Governor of Georgia for two months, but did not achieve reelection. His life was one of economic and political disappointment. Button Gwinnett was the second signer of the Declaration to die as the result of a duel outside Savannah, Georgia.

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