Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence

Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence

Denise Kiernan, Joseph D'Agnese

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 1594743304

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

In the summer of 1776, fifty-six men risked their lives and livelihood to defy King George III and sign the Declaration of Independence--yet how many of them do we actually remember?

Signing Their Lives Away introduces readers to the eclectic group of statesmen, soldiers, slaveholders, and scoundrels who signed this historic document--and the many strange fates that awaited them. Some prospered and rose to the highest levels of United States government, while others had their homes and farms seized by British soldiers.
Signer George Wythe was poisoned by his nephew; Button Gwinnett was killed in a duel; Robert Morris went to prison; Thomas Lynch was lost at sea; and of course Sam Adams achieved fame as a patriot/brewer.
Complete with portraits of the signers as well as a facsimile of the Declaration of Independence,Signing Their Lives Away provides an entertaining and enlightening narrative for history buffs of all ages.

From the Hardcover edition.

Is the U.S. Constitution important to you?

Then you'll want to see the second book in this series, also by the authors:
Signing Their RIGHTS Away: The Fame & Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the U.S. Constitution
"An extraordinarily fascinating study of America's lesser-known founding fathers alongside the more well-known ones, Signing Their Rights Today is a welcome and enthusiastically recommended contribution to public and college library shelves." -- Midwest Book Review (Reviewer's Choice)

"[The authors]...maintain a refreshing reverence for the Constitution itself. Rather than ask readers to believe that an 'assembly of demigods' (Jefferson's words) wrote the Constitution, Ms. Kiernan and Mr. D'Agnese challenge the notion that the group that crafted this document of enduring genius was uniquely brilliant or visionary. If this raises the question of how exactly the miracle was accomplished, it should at least give readers some hope for our own seemingly uninspired political era." -- The Wall Street Journal

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valued the same as another man’s gold? The line was removed. When all was said and done, Delaware supported the Great Compromise, which gave small states equal representation in the Senate. And so Read went on to sign—the first to do so for what would become the so-called First State—and then some. When his old pal John Dickinson, a Quaker lawyer and gentleman farmer, was forced by illness to leave before the signing ceremony, he instructed Read to sign in his place. That made Read the only

upon your guard against those, who may at any time endeavour to stir you up, under pretences of patriotism, to any measures disrespectful to our Sovereign and our mother country …” In 1770, Dickinson married Mary Norris, the only child of one of Philadelphia’s richest men, and the couple moved to a large estate. Moderate, nonviolent Dickinson was a delegate to the first Continental Congress, in 1774, and sparred with the more radical or “violent” New England faction. Dickinson favored boycotts

Episcopalian faith. Others claim a Jenifer ancestor traveled through St. Thomas, in the West Indies, on his way to Maryland. Another theory holds that the Jenifer family originated on St. Thomas Island, off the coast of Cornwall, England. Nobody knows for sure. Moreover, details of Jenifer’s early years and training are sparse. As a young man, he spent his time managing his father’s plantations in Charles County, Maryland. An able administrator, he branched out to work as a top “receiver

Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector. The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two persons, of whom one at least shall not lie an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves. And they shall make a List of all the Persons voted for, and of the Number of Votes for each; which List they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the Seat of the Government of the United States,

and King waged a valiant battle to make Missouri one of the latter. In a famous 1820 speech (attended by whites and free blacks), he spoke of how he could not comprehend slavery. “I have yet to learn that one man can make a slave of another,” he said. “If one man cannot do so, no number of individuals can have any better right to do it.” These were stirring words, but he lost the fight. Much of the northern land that was part of the Louisiana Purchase, then dubbed the Missouri Territory, would be

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