The Signers – by the Numbers

  • Only 1 died due to the Revolutionary war ( and that was in a dual).  17 served in the military.
  • 8 others died of  causes other than war.
  • Tension – 5 captured by the British, 1 lost a son in the war.
  • Of the 56, 25 were lawyers, 15 merchants, 10 involved farming/land speculation, 4 physicians, 1 scientist, 1 minister.
  • The average number of children they had was 6.
  • The average age of the signers was 45 and average age at death 66
  • 2 lasted until the 50th anniversary in 1826 (Jefferson and Adams). The oldest signer at death was 95 (Charles Carroll of Md).

The signers in detail

Details on the signing of the Declaration

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