July 4, 1776

Entrepreneurs Who Made the Revolution


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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.

Signers Occupation
John Adams Lawyer
Samuel Adams Merchant
Josiah Bartlett Physician
Charles Carroll Merchant, plantation owner
Samuel Chase Lawyer
Abraham Clark Lawyer, surveyor
George Clymer Merchant
William Ellery Lawyer, merchant
William Floyd Land speculator
Benjamin Franklin Scientist, printer
Elbridge Gerry Merchant
Button Gwinnett Merchant, plantation owner
Lyman Hall Physician, minister
John Hancock Merchant
Benjamin Harrison Plantation owner, farmer
John Hart Land owner
Joseph Hewes Merchant
Thomas Heyward Jr. Lawyer, plantation owner
William Hooper Lawyer
Stephen Hopkins Merchant
Francis Hopkinson Lawyer, musician
Samuel Huntington Lawyer
Thomas Jefferson Lawyer, plantation owner, scientist
Francis Lightfoot Lee Plantation owner
Richard Henry Lee Plantation owner, merchant
Francis Lewis Merchant
Philip Livingston Merchant
Thomas Lynch Jr. Lawyer
Arthur Middleton Plantation owner
Lewis Morris Plantation owner
Robert Morris Merchant, land surveyor
John Morton Farmer
Thomas Nelson Jr. Merchant, plantation owner
William Paca Lawyer, plantation owner
Robert Treat Paine Lawyer, scientist
John Penn Lawyer
George Read Lawyer
Caesar Rodney Plantation owner, military officer
George Ross Lawyer
Dr. Benjamin Rush Physician
Edward Rutledge Lawyer, plantation owner
Roger Sherman Lawyer
James Smith Lawyer
Richard Stockton Lawyer
Thomas Stone Lawyer
George Taylor Merchant
Matthew Thornton Physician
George Walton Lawyer
John Witherspoon Minister
Oliver Wolcott Lawyer
George Wythe Lawyer

 


Happy 4th to all!


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