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Matthew Thornton, President of New Hampshire and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

One of three New Hampshire men to sign the Declaration of Independence, Matthew Thornton, physician, soldier, patriot, agitated against the Stamp Act of 1765, presided over the Provincial Congress in 1775, served in the State Senate and as an associate … Continue reading

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William Hooper: “Prophet” and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

William Hooper, one of North Carolina’s three signers of the  Declaration of Independence, was the oldest of five children of the Scots divine, the Reverend William Hooper (1704–14 Apr. 1767), second rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Boston, Mass., and Mary Dennie … Continue reading

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John Hart, a Man Who Sacrificed Everything as a Signer of the Declaration of Independence

May 11, 2016, marked over 240 years since John Hart’s death. Hart, a signer of the Declaration from New Jersey was one of the many noted Christians among the Founding Fathers. WallBuilders, a Christian based historical group, recently posted some of our legal … Continue reading

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Lyman Hall, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Founder of the University of Georgia

Lyman Hall was one of three Georgians to sign the Declaration of Independence. He served as a representative to the Continental Congress and as governor of Georgia (1783-84). Hall was born April 12, 1724, in Wallingford, Connecticut, the fourth of eight … Continue reading

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George Walton, the Orphaned Signer of the Declaration of Independence

The exact date of George Walton’s birth is unknown, but scholars say 1740 or 1741 in Virginia. His life was anything but easy. His parents died early on, and Walton was “adopted” by his uncle, who quickly apprenticed him to … Continue reading

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Robert Morris, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and America’s First True Capitalist

Born to an ironworker from Liverpool, England, Robert Morris’s childhood was anything but quiet. His mother died when he was two. His father, Robert Morris, Sr., came to Maryland in 1738 as an agent for Foster, Cunliffe, and Sons for whom … Continue reading

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Joseph Hewes, the Bachelor Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Joseph Hewes was born in Princeton, New Jersey, but he amassed his fortune in a shipping business located in Wilmington, North Carolina. When the revolution broke out, Hewes placed his ships at the service of the Continental Army. Unfortunately because … Continue reading

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Richard Henry Lee, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and the “Cicero” Who Advocated for a Bill of Rights

Richard Henry Lee, signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born on 20 January 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He was the seventh of eleven children of Thomas and Hannah Lee and a descendant of Colonel Richard Lee, the first … Continue reading

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Philip Livingston, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and “Lord of the Manor”

Born to a wealthy family of the Hudson River Valley of New York (like 160,000 acres on the eastern side of Hudson River wealthy), Philip Livingston was a merchant and a philanthropist. The Livingston family’s wealth provided them with political … Continue reading

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“Put Your John Hancock on the Line!” Signer of the Declaration of Independence

With the flamboyant signature on the Declaration of Independence, John Hancock is a name easily remembered. But what do we know of Hancock’s life? John Hancock was born on 23 January 1737 in Baintree, Massachusetts (now known as Quincy, Massachusetts), … Continue reading

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