Declaration of Independence
By: Rachel

 There were 56 colonists that signed the Declaration of Independence. Here are the states and the colonists who signed that are from there:

John Hancock
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  • Button Gwinnett
  • Lyman Hall
  • George Walton

North Carolina-

  • William Hooper
  • Joseph Hewes
  • John Penn

South Carolina-

  • Edward Rutledge
  • Thomas Heyward, Jr.
  • Thomas Lynch, Jr.
  • Arthur Middleton


  • Samuel Chase
  • William Paca
  • Thomas Stone
  • Charles Carroll of Carrollton


  • George Wythe
  • Richard Henry Lee
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Benjamin Harrison
  • Thomas Nelson, Jr.
  • Francis Lightfoot Lee
  • Carter Braxton


  • Robert Morris
  • Benjamin Rush
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • John Morton
  • George Clymer
  • James Smith
  • George Taylor
  • James Wilson
  • George Ross


  • 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
  • Abraham Clark

New Hampshire-

  • Josiah Bartlett
  • William Whipple
  • Matthew Thornton


  • Samuel Adams
  • John Adams
  • Robert Treat Paine
  • Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island-

  • Stephen Hopkins
  • William Ellery


  • Samuel Huntington
  • William Williams
  • Oliver Wolcott
  • Roger Sherman


         John Hancock signed his name bigger than everyone elses because he wanted the the king of Great Britain, King George, to be able to see his name wiithout spectacles, and then he could double the price of £500 for his head.

  • Who???

The Declaration of Independence was made by Thomas Jefferson in Philadelphia.

  • What???

The Declaration of Independence is a document made in order to proclaim freedom from Great Britain.

  • When???

The delegates officially approved the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

  • Where???

They signed and wrote up the final Declaration of Independence in the Declaration Hall in Philadelphia.

  • Why???

The Americans were mad at the British because the they were taxing them and creating acts to help the British pay for things that they were in debt for. They also were creating acts to use as punishments for the colonists actions the British didn't like.

  • How???

During the war some representatives from the states met to go over the draft and gave their opinions on  what should be in it.

The four parts of the Declaration of Independence are:

  • Preamble
  • Declaration of Natural Rights
  • Lists of Grievances
  • Resolution or Independence by the United States


  • Rakove, Jack N. "Declaration of Independence." World Book Online Reference Center. 2007. Internet. 1-11-07.  <>.

  • "The Declaration of Independence." The Declaration of Independence. 2007. 11 Jan 2007 <>.

Ritchie, Donald, and Albert Roussard. American History. Westerville, Ohio: Gelncoe; McGraw-Hill, 1997.

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