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attached her name to the Declaration of Independence, whose name was Mary Katherine Goddard. As one of America’s first female postmasters, Goddard included her name to the document that was churned out by her printing press.
the oldest American to sign the Declaration of Independence. At 70 years old, he was 44 years older than the youngest signers, Edward Rutledge and Thomas Lynch, Jr.
in fact, the youngest signer was only 26, and over a dozen were under the age of 35.
who signed the Declaration of Independence also put their signatures on the U.S. Constitution when it was written in 1787. Those that provided their “John Hancock” on both key documents were: Benjamin Franklin, George Clymer, George Read, Roger Sherman, Robert Morris and James Wilson.
William Whipple decided to free his slave, a man named Prince Whipple, after he signed a document that read: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal….”
thought to be the first American to invent a musical instrument. The glass armonica, which was Franklin’s version of “musical” water glasses, is said to be the invention that gave him the most personal pleasure. The musical novelty eventually fell out of popularity and use.
usually receives the credit for convincing America early in 1776 to declare independence from Britain, but it was his “American Crisis,” written later that same year, which was instrumental in helping George Washington rally his troops and win the Revolutionary War.
that’s not the date that John Adams predicted would become our country’s national holiday. The second Continental Congress actually voted for independence on July 2, but it took Congress another two days to agree on and adopt a revised, edited version of Jefferson’s Declaration, explaining America’s reason for voting for independence. That didn’t happen until July 4.
the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, but he had a little help from John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston. The only member out of this Committee of Five who never signed the document was Livingston.
Fort Knox in Kentucky, along with the original U.S. Constitution, for safekeeping during World War II.
but it isn’t the secret code suggested in the popular film, “National Treasure.” Rather, the words “Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776” appear, probably a label added during storage at some point.