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Signers of the "Declaration of Independence" on 4 July 1776

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Alphabetical listing: Signers of the Declaration of Independence"'


   * John Adams
   * Samuel Adams
   * Josiah Bartlett
   * Carter Braxton
   * Charles Carroll
   * Samuel Chase
   * Abraham Clark
   * George Clymer
   * William Ellery
   * William Floyd
   * Benjamin Franklin
   * Elbridge Gerry
   * Button Gwinnett
   * John Hancock
   * Lyman Hall
   * Benjamin Harrison
   * John Hart
   * Joseph Hewes
   * Thomas Heyward, Jr.
   * William Hooper
   * Stephen Hopkins
   * Francis Hopkinson
   * Samuel Huntington
   * Thomas Jefferson
   * Francis Lightfoot Lee
   * Richard Henry Lee
   * Francis Lewis
   * Philip Livingston
   * Thomas Lynch, Jr.
   * Thomas McKean
   * Arthur Middleton
   * Lewis Morris
   * Robert Morris
   * John Morton
   * Thomas Nelson, Jr.
   * William Paca
   * John Penn
   * Robert Treat Paine
   * George Read
   * Caesar Rodney
   * George Ross
   * Benjamin Rush
   * Edward Rutledge
   * Roger Sherman
   * James Smith
   * Richard Stockton
   * Thomas Stone
   * George Taylor
   * Charles Thomson (Secretary, attested to Hancock's signature)
   * Matthew Thornton
   * George Walton
   * William Whipple
   * William Williams
   * James Wilson
   * John Witherspoon
   * Oliver Wolcott
   * George Wythe


Listing by state: Signers of the Declaration of Independence"'




Only 15 of the 56 signers have male descendants today.

These Signers have no descendants: William Whipple, John Hancock, Samuel Huntington, James Smith, James Wilson, Caesar Rodney, George Wythe, Francis Lightfoot Lee, Joseph Hewes, Thomas Lynch, Jr. Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, and George Walton.

These Signers have no same surname (male) descendants: Josiah Bartlett, Matthew Thornton, Samuel Adams, Elbridge Gerry, William Williams, William Floyd, Francis Lewis, Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, George Clymer, George Taylor, George Ross, Thomas McKean, Samuel Chase, Thomas Stone, Thomas Jefferson, William Hooper and John Penn.

These Signers have very doubtful same surname (male) descendants: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery, Oliver Wolcott, John Witherspoon, Abraham Clark, John Morton, Carter Braxton, Edward Rutledge.

The remainder of the Signers are known to have same surname (male) descendants.

_________ has a complete list of signers, with links to their biographies.