Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton
North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr.,
Massachusetts: John Hancock/Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton
George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart
New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett
Massachusetts: Samuel Adams, John Adams,, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams
New Hampshire: Matthew Thornton
The above transcript of the “Declaration of Independence” is a reprint. Variations in spelling are the result of spelling differences between today and 240 years ago. Indentations are my creation to facilitate reading the document. The “Charters of Freedom” can be accessed here.
When I wrote 20/20: A Clear Vision for America, I received, and still receive, comments telling me how ignorant and unpatriotic I am because I did not capitalize the word “united” as in “The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America” — close examination of the word “united” refers to the thirteen States of America coming together to unite and agree on a new course. Each colony was considered a separate state and a separate entity. 11 years later, on September 17, 1787, The Constitution was formally ratified.
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God Bless us all and God Save our America. Our country, our Constitution, our culture, our civilization and our children need you now more than ever. Don’t ever forget what these brave people did to unite us and save us from tyranny. ~Bill