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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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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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Caesar Rodney, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, and His Famous “Midnight Ride”to Save a Nation

Caesar Rodney was born on his father’s farm in St. Jones Neck in Dover Hundred, Kent County, Delaware, on October 7, 1728. His family were prominent members of the community. Caesar was the eldest of son of eight children of Caesar … Continue reading

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Thomas Stone, A Man Who Loved His Wife and a Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Not as vocal as his compatriots, Thomas Stone is one of the lesser known signers of the Declaration of Independence. He served his country when called to do so, but preferred a quiet life with family over a life in … Continue reading

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Francis Lightfoot Lee, Part of Virginia’s Lee Family Dynasty and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Francis Lightfoot Lee (brother of Richard Henry Lee) was born on the fourteenth of October, 1734, at Stratford Hall plantation in Westmoreland County, Virginia.He was the fourth surviving son of Thomas Lee and Hannah Harrison Ludwell Lee. After Lee’s parents … Continue reading

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Richard Stockton, A Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Who Was Reviled for Recanting His Allegiance

Richard Stockton was born near Princeton, New Jersey to John Stockton on October 1, 1730. John Stockton was the founder of the College of New Jersey. Richard attended the West Nottingham Academy under Dr. Samuel Finley, and then earned his … Continue reading

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Francis Hopkinson, Designer of the U. S. Flag and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Francis Hopkinson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on October 2, 1737. He represented New Jersey in the Continental Congress, where he signed the Declaration of Independence. Hopkinson’s interests extended beyond politics; he was a prolific composer and writer (likely America’s … Continue reading

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