It’s been 239 years since a group of men in Philadelphia signed the Declaration of Independence and started a revolution.
Most of these 56 men were small business owners, lawyers, doctors, and farmers, and 13 were plantation owners.
These men risked it all:
“We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”
Here’s a list from the National Archives of the signers and their occupations to remind us that our businesses, our jobs, and our lives can be on the line when freedom is at stake.
|Charles Carroll||Merchant, plantation owner|
|Abraham Clark||Lawyer, surveyor|
|William Ellery||Lawyer, merchant|
|William Floyd||Land speculator|
|Benjamin Franklin||Scientist, printer|
|Button Gwinnett||Merchant, plantation owner|
|Lyman Hall||Physician, minister|
|Benjamin Harrison||Plantation owner, farmer|
|John Hart||Land owner|
|Thomas Heyward Jr.||Lawyer, plantation owner|
|Francis Hopkinson||Lawyer, musician|
|Thomas Jefferson||Lawyer, plantation owner, scientist|
|Francis Lightfoot Lee||Plantation owner|
|Richard Henry Lee||Plantation owner, merchant|
|Thomas Lynch Jr.||Lawyer|
|Arthur Middleton||Plantation owner|
|Lewis Morris||Plantation owner|
|Robert Morris||Merchant, land surveyor|
|Thomas Nelson Jr.||Merchant, plantation owner|
|William Paca||Lawyer, plantation owner|
|Robert Treat Paine||Lawyer, scientist|
|Caesar Rodney||Plantation owner, military officer|
|Dr. Benjamin Rush||Physician|
|Edward Rutledge||Lawyer, plantation owner|
Happy 4th to all!