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Signing their lives away : the fame and misfortune of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence

Author: Denise Kiernan; Joseph D'Agnese
Publisher: Philadelphia : Quirk Book, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
Introduces readers to the lives of the fifty-six men who signed the Declaration of Independence, describing who they were, their professions, and how their lives changed in the years that followed.

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Genre/Form: Young adult literature
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Denise Kiernan; Joseph D'Agnese
ISBN: 9781594743306 1594743304
OCLC Number: 261176607
Description: 255 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: Introduction --
A clarification : the real Independence Day --
I : New Hampshire --
Josiah Bartlett : the signer immortalized on The West Wing --
William Whipple : the signer who fought for freedom with his slave --
Matthew Thornton : the signer who led "The Nation of New Hampshire" --
II : Massachusetts --
John Adams : the signer everyone loved to hate --
Samuel Adams : the signer whose brewery went bust --
Elbridge Gerry : the signer who gave us gerrymandering --
John Hancock : the signer who signed first --
Robert Treat Paine : the signer who objected to, well, everything --
III : Rhode Island --
William Ellery : the signer who was two degrees from Kevin Bacon --
Stephen Hopkins : the signer with the worst penmanship --
Samuel Huntington : the signer who became the first U.S. President --
sort of --
Roger Sherman : the signer who signed everything --
William Williams : the signer who was certain he would hang --
Oliver Wolcott : the signer who melted King George's heart (and then some) --
V : New York --
Philip Livingston : the prince of New York --
William Floyd : the signer whose home was turned into a stable --
Francis Lewis : the signer whose wife was imprisoned --
Lewis Morris : the signer buried in one of America's poorest neighborhoods --
VI : New Jersey --
Abraham Clark : the signer whose sons were imprisoned --
John Hart : the signer who slept in caves --
Francis Hopkinson : the signer who designed the U.S. flag --
Richard Stockton : the only signer who recanted the declaration --
John Witherspoon : the signer who was also a minister --
VII : Pennsylvania --
John Morton : the first signer to die --
Benjamin Franklin : the signer known throughout the world --
James Wilson : the signer who went broke on shady land deals --
Robert Morris : the signer who financed the war --
and ended up in debtors' prison --
George Clymer : the signer whose homes were targeted by the British --
George Ross : the signer related to America's most famous seamstress --
Benjamin Rush : the signer who loved to gossip about other signers --
George Taylor : the signer who started out as an indentured servant --
James Smith : the signer who was coy about his age --
VIII : Delaware --
Caesar Rodney : Delaware's famous midnight rider --
George Read : the only signer who voted against Independence --
Thomas McKean : the signer who waited five years to sign --
IX : Maryland --
Charles Carroll of Carrollton : the last signer to die --
Samuel Chase : the signer better remembered as "Old Bacon Face --
William Paca : the signer who dared to acknowledge his illegitimate child --
Thomas Stone : the signer who died of a broken heart --
X : Virginia --
Carter Braxton : the signer who had eighteen children --
Benjamin Harrison : the signer who played Falstaff to Congress --
Thomas Jefferson : the signer who wrote the Declaration --
Richard Henry Lee : the six-fingered signer --
Francis Lightfoot Lee : the signer who lived in his brother's shadow --
Thomas Nelson Jr. : the signer who ordered troops to fire on his own home --
George Wythe : the signer who was poisoned by his nephew --
XI : North Carolina --
Joseph Hewes : the signer who worked himself to death --
William Hooper : the signer who feared democracy --
John Penn : the signer who taught himself how to read and write --
XII : South Carolina --
Thomas Lynch Jr. : the signer buried at the bottom of the sea --
Arthur Middleton : the signer also known as Andrew Marvell --
Edward Rutledge : the signer who delayed independence by a month --
Thomas Heyward Jr. : the signer-songwriter --
XIII : Georgia --
Lyman Hall : the signer who dragged Georgia into the Union --
George Walton : the signer who was orphaned, impoverished, abused, shot, and imprisoned --
Button Gwinnett : the signer with the $150,000 autograph --
Appendix : Text of the Declaration of Independence ; Time line ; The miscellany of independence.
Responsibility: by Denise Kiernan & Joseph D'Agnese.


In July 1776, fifty-six men risked their lives and livelihood to defy the British and sign the most important document in the history of the United States - And yet how many of them do we actually  Read more...


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