Author Archives: DSDI staff

George Clymer

A grandson of one of the original settlers of the Penn colony, George Clymer established himself as a major figure in both the struggle for independence and then the formation of a new nation. He is one of only 6 … Continue reading

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John Penn

Many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence have been victims of neglect and distortion, their contributions either ignored or buried under the garble of political bias. Such has been the case of John Penn, a nephew of Edmund … Continue reading

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William Hooper

William Hooper was recognized for his participation in The Declaration of Independence in several areas. His prophetic observation in a letter of 26 April 1774 to his friend James Iredell is often quoted as a landmark of colonial foresight at … Continue reading

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Joseph Hewes

As a signer of the Declaration of Independence Joseph Hewes, with more than twenty years experience as a sailing merchant dealing with Britain, made some outstanding contributions to the founding of the Nation. This has been somewhat ignored in history … Continue reading

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Lewis Morris

Lewis Morris was the eldest son, second child of Lewis Morris and Tryntje Staats. He was born in the Manor of Morrisania, in Westchester County, NY (now in the Bronx), on 8 April 1726. He is descended from the emigrant, … Continue reading

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Philip Livingston

Philip Livingston was a member of the wealthy and politically important Hudson River Livingston family. He was born January 15, 1716 at Albany, NY, the son of Philip Livingston (the second Lord of the Manor described below) and Catharine Van … Continue reading

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Francis Lewis

Francis Lewis was born March 21, 1713 in Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales, the only child of Reverend Francis Lewis, an Episcopal clergyman, and Amy Pettingal, the daughter of a clergyman. He was orphaned at about age 5 and went to live … Continue reading

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William Floyd

William Floyd was the eldest child of a prosperous Long Island family of Welsh descent. His great grandfather, Richard Floyd had emigrated from Wales to Long Island in the 17th C. William’s parents were Nicoll Floyd and Tabitha Smith. Young … Continue reading

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John Witherspoon

John Witherspoon, the only clergyman to sign the Declaration of Independence, was born in Yester, Scotland on 5 Feb 1722 or 1723. This is the same day, just the difference between the Julian and Gregorian calendars. His parents were James … Continue reading

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Richard Stockton

Judge Richard Stockton was the only signer to be put in irons, starved and imprisoned under brutal conditions by the British four months after signing the Declaration of Independence. He paid the supreme price for placing his signature on the … Continue reading

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