In 1776 56 men signed the declaration of independence. Benjamin franklin john adams and thomas jefferson reviewing the declaration of independence in 1776.
There has been a debate on the date with some historians stating that the signing and approval took place on july 4 1776.
Benjamin franklin signature on the declaration of independence. The condition of the parchment declaration of independence is a sign of the place it has held in the hearts of many americans. The declaration of independence was signed in the united states on august 2 1776. Benjamin franklin created the first american public library and the first american fire station force.
Franklin was part of the five member committee that drafted the declaration of independence other members were john adams of massachusetts thomas jefferson of virginia robert r. The signing of the united states declaration of independence occurred primarily on august 2 1776 at the pennsylvania state house independence hall in philadelphia pennsylvania the 56 delegates to the second continental congress represented the 13 former colonies which had declared themselves the united states of america and they endorsed the declaration of independence which the congress. Today it is maintained under the most exacting archival conditions possible.
The committee of five presented the document to congress on june 28 1776. Mary katherine goddard is unfamiliar to many americans but her name sits on the declaration of independence alongside those of founding fathers like benjamin franklin and thomas jefferson. The declaration of independence the treaty of alliance with france the treaty of paris and the us constitution.
Benjamin franklin benjamin franklin was the oldest signer of both the declaration of independence and the us constitution. Years of public display have faded and worn this treasured document. Benjamin franklin s signature is at the top right of the title page reproduced here and his signature is the only one of the founding fathers that can be found on the four documents that established the united states of america.
Within a decade after the event thomas jefferson benjamin franklin and john adams all wrote that the declaration had been signed by congress on july 4 1776. The united states declaration of independence formally the unanimous declaration of the thirteen united states of america is the pronouncement adopted by the second continental congress meeting in philadelphia pennsylvania on july 4 1776 the declaration explained why the thirteen colonies at war with the kingdom of great britain regarded themselves as thirteen independent sovereign states. He was a printer author philosopher scientist and inventor.
This seemed to be confirmed by the signed copy of the declaration which is dated july 4. Livingston of new york and roger sherman of connecticut. This document contains the signatures of john hancock thomas jefferson and benjamin franklin and then there s that really valuable one.
The date that the declaration was signed has long been the subject of debate.