Declaration of Independence

In June, 1776 a “Committee of Five” was formed by the Second Continental Congress to frame this sacred document. The Committee of Five consisted of Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, John Adams of Massachusetts, and Robert R. Livingston of New York.

Thomas Jefferson wrote the original draft that was shared with John Adams and Benjamin Franklin. The final copy was presented to the Continental Congress on June 28, 1776. From Independence Hall, Philadelphia, on July 4, 1776 a new representative republic was declared! This page is sponsored by USA.

The Charters of Freedom: National Archives

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The Library of Congress


Signers of the Declaration of Independence

Colonial Hall: Biographies of the Signers

Independence Hall, Philadelphia

History of Independence Hall (1859), by D.W. Belisle. Online Edition

Independence Hall Association, Philadelphia:
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The Liberty Bell at Independence Hall

The Liberty Bell Virtual Museum


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“The Stamp Act, enforced taxation without representation, and the Boston Post Bill were steps by which the advance was made through a period of ten years toward revolution, and when with Lexington and Concord, the shot was fired, heard round the world the war was actually begun. All hesitation was now abandoned, and a Congress was called together for the purpose of deciding the future of the oppressed American colonies.”

G. W. Woods, Surgeon, from an Address delivered at the American Centennial Celebration at the Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu
Source: The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Honolulu: July 8, 1876.