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WOVEN TAPESTRY depicting the signing of "The Declaration
of Independence" by the Wullschlege & Co., Inc., Lyons,
France, 1928, based on the oil painting by Jonathan Trumbull.
Gift to president-elect Herbert Hoover in 1928.
FACSIMILE of the DECLARATION of INDEPENDENCE, true to size,
and distributed to each presidential library and to former living
presidents "in recognition of their capacity as former
custodians of our nation's Charter Document." Gift from
American Legion William R. Blackshear Post 78, Jasper TX
||On loan from the collection of:
||--Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, West Branch
"... we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes
and our sacred Honor."
Fifty-six men signed the Declaration of Independence,
all fully aware that the punishment for treason was death by hanging
or dismemberment. What happened to them?
Five Southern delegates were captured by the British,
arrested as traitors and brutally tortured. Twelve had their homes
ransacked, looted, burned and other property destroyed. Nine fought
and died from either wounds or hardships suffered during the war.
One returned home to find his wife had died and his 13 children
After the war, most of the surviving delegates served
their new government. Two signers became President of the United
States (Adams and Jefferson). Two had sons who became President
(Adams and Harrison). One had a grandson succeed to the top office
(Harrison). One received renewed fame from the modern television
show, West Wing (the president's character is a fictional descendant
of Josiah Bartlett).
Please honor the following 56 men (listed in alphabetical order
DELAWARE: Thomas McKean, George Read, Caesar Rodney
CONNECTICUT: Samuel Huntington, Roger Sherman, William Williams,
GEORGIA: Button Gwinnet, Lyman Hall, George Walton
MARYLAND: Charles Carroll, Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone
MASSACHUSETTS: John Adams, Samuel Adams, Elbridge Gerry, John Hancock,
Robert Treat Paine
PENNSYLVANIA: George Clymer, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Morris, John
Morton, George Ross, Benjamin
Rush, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Josiah Bartlett, Matthew Thornton, William Whipple
NEW JERSEY: Abraham Clark, John Hart, Francis Hopkinson, Richard
Stockton, John Witherspoon
NEW YORK: William Floyd, Francis Lewis, Philip Livingston, Lewis
RHODE ISLAND: William Ellery, Stephen Hopkins
NORTH CAROLINA: Joseph Hewes, William Hooper, John Penn
SOUTH CAROLINA: Thomas Heyward Jr., Thomas Lynch Jr., Arthur Middleton,
VIRGINIA: Carter Braxton, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Jefferson, Francis
Lightfoot Lee, Richard Henry Lee,
Thomas Nelson Jr., George Wythe