The public did not learn the actual words of the Declaration until July 8th. The final version was called a “unanimous” declaration. But the word “unanimous” could not be properly used until July 19th, when the New York delegation to Congress, which had not voted on July 4th, reported that it favored the Declaration. Congress then ordered a copy of the Declaration engrossed on parchment and signed by all members of Congress.Fifty members of Congress signed the engrossed copy of the Declaration on August 2, 1776. Learn more about each one of the Signers by clicking on any of the states on the below, or by browsing the archive on the right.
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