The Six Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution
Most people know that there were 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence and that there were 39 men who signed the United States Constitution. What's interesting though is that some of the more famous signers of the Declaration of Independence, such as Thomas Jefferson and John Adams never signed the Constitution. Did you know that? On the other side, George Washington, who signed the Constitution didn’t sign the Declaration of Independence and it's all because he was leading troops into battle during the American Revolution.
However, there were six very special men who did sign both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution and some of them you might not remember because their names only briefly appear in our history books. These are those six men.
George Clymer was actually one of the first patriots to suggest independence. Clymer was a member of the Continental Congress from 1776 to 1777 and then again from 1780 to 82. He was a quiet man, but when he spoke, people listened. Clymer didn't need to use loud debates to get people to pay attention- he made his mark through his committee actions. As British troops approached, Congress fled Philadelphia in the winter of 1776, but Clymer stayed behind along with George Walton and Robert Morris so that official business could still be carried out. Their actions spoke louder than words.
Read was one of only two men to sign all three of the greatest papers that our country's history is based on. Read signed the original 'Petition to the King' of the Congress of 1777, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. What's incredibly fascinating through is that although Read signed the Declaration of Independence, he actually voted against independence on July 2, 1776, making him the only signer of the Declaration to vote against freedom.
Believe it or not, Sherman never had a formal education, but he was not only admitted to the bar, but he also held a very distinguished judicial and political career as an adult. Sherman was also the only person to sign the Continental Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution of the United States.
Morris was born into the Robert Morris tobacco making company family. He came from a family of wealth and as an American merchant, he also played a major role in financing the American Revolution. Morris signed the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution.
Wilson, a native of Scotland journeyed across the Atlantic in search of a better life and ended up becoming a lawyer who helped draft the Declaration of Independence before signing it.
Everyone has heard of Benjamin Franklin- signer of the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Alliance with France, the Treaty of Paris, and the Constitution. There wasn't much Franklin didn't dabble in. His face is even on the $100 dollar bill. Franklin was an author, scientist, inventor, diplomat and so many other things, but did you know that while the Constitution was being written, Franklin had to be carried into the hall while sitting in a sedan chair because his age was catching up to him and he wasn't able to walk well?