Category Archives: Declaration of Independence

July 4, 1776 – Meet the Signers of the Declaration of Independence

Today, I am catching up on some writing time, but I thought some of you might wish a second chance to explore my pieces on the Signers of the Declaration of Independence. It took me a little over a year … Continue reading

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Captain James Jack, Hero of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence

On Wednesday, 20 May 2020, I presented you a piece on the first Declaration of Independence, a year before Thomas Jefferson’s document.  Today, permit me to introduce you to the hero of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, Captain James Jack.  … Continue reading

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The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, a Year Before Thomas Jefferson’s Document

Some of you realize, I live in North Carolina, a state draped in rich history. One of those events is the the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. A year before Thomas Jefferson’s “Declaration,” there was Meck-Dec, as we in the area … Continue reading

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Colonel Matthew Locke, an Advocate for Universal Manhood Suffrage

On Friday, May 18, I presented with the celebration of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. On Monday, May 21, I included an article on Captain James Jack, who was not as famous as Paul Revere, but just as heroic. Today, … Continue reading

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What You Do Not Know About July 4

On 2 July 2014, The Washington Post shared a different perspective on July 4, rather than the tale of two countries finding their separate paths. So today, while I am off enjoying a family cookout (something a vegetarian avoids at … Continue reading

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Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the Last of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence to Pass

Charles Carroll was born on September 19, 1737, into a prominent Roman Catholic family in Annapolis, Maryland. Charles Carroll of Annapolis, the father of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, was born in 1703, and died in 1783. He was a wealthy landowner … Continue reading

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William Paca, Rabble Rouser and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

William Paca was born in Abington, Maryland, on October 30, 1740, at his family’s home in what is now Harford County, north of Baltimore. He was the second son of John and Elizabeth Smith Paca and the fourth generation of Pacas … Continue reading

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Josiah Bartlett, “President” of New Hampshire and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

The Bartlett family of Massachusetts traces its roots to William the Conqueror. The family’s records in Stopham show that Brian, a knight (described in ancient sources as Guido de Brionne), and his Esquire, Adam Barttelot, sailed over from the Liseux district … Continue reading

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Oliver Wolcott, the Signer of the Declaration of Independence who Melted King George’s Statue for Revolutionary Bullets

Oliver Wolcott was born on November 20, 1726, the youngest of fourteen children, at Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. His father, Roger Wolcott, was one of the first governors of the colony of Connecticut. He had three brothers who survived childhood (Alexander, … Continue reading

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Edward Rutledge, Youngest Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Edward Rutledge was born on November 23, 1749, in Charleston, South Carolina. He was the youngest of seven children, son of Doctor John Rutledge, who emigrated from Ireland to South Carolina, about the year 1735. His mother was Sarah Hert, … Continue reading

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