I’d like to thank these users of quills

I’d like to thank these users of quills: Jeff Jarvis is doing some 4th of July blogging today about truth, justice and all that stuff and points to this story about the anti-Americanism an American living in London experiences. Got me thinking of how later today, I’ll be trying to keep the 15-year-old from losing a finger while we are in the pursuit of happiness firing off roman candles in celebration of the 230th anniversary of those guys listed below having the courage to sign their names to a rather radical document that laid the foundation for the American way. I’d like to thank them and all those brave men and women who have come after them who have fought and died to defend and protect the American way. I think celebrating our freedom to disagree with one-another about what the American way really means — is the American way. They couldn’t agree on much, but the men listed below could agree to one principle that led them to risk their lives in signing the declaration we celebrate today: The freedom to make decisions independent from what may be popular in London.

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts:
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut:
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware:
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland:
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia:
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia:
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

(thanks also for Roger Abramson’s post this A.M.)

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  • bhudgins

    Per Wikipedia:
    John Trumbull’s famous painting is usually incorrectly identified as a depiction of the signing of the Declaration. What the painting actually depicts is the five-man drafting committee presenting their work to the Congress. Trumbull’s painting can also be found on the back of the U.S. $2 bill.

  • rex

    Don’t believe anything your read in Wikipedia : ) . Also, for the record, I didn’t say in my post that it was the signing. Also, where do I find a $2 bill?

  • bhudgins

    I didn’t believe Wiki, just used it as a jumping off point. I didn’t say you Id’d it as the signing, just that a lot of people do. I have at least one two-dollar bill. Very occasionally I get them (or sometimes that dollar coin witht what’s her name on it), as change.