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John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, CWF

About this collection

The Pat and Jerry B. Epstein American History Document Collection was deposited in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library in 2001. It includes a complete set of autographs of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, a collection of autographs of the presidents from George Washington to Ronald Reagan and an engraved copy of the Declaration of Independence by William Stone. Also included are engraved portraits of some of the signers. The collection was originally assembled by Dr. Joseph Fields, with the exception of the documents signed by Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin and John Hancock which were acquired by the Epsteins.

 

The engrossed copy of the Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 members of Congress representing the original 13 states. With the exception of John Hancock, they signed in geographical order from north to south. The New Hampshire delegates signed in the upper right and the Georgia delegates signed to the far left. The men who signed are listed below in state order.

 

John Hancock, President

 

New Hampshire:

Josiah Bartlett

William Whipple

Matthew Thornton

 

Massachusetts:

Samuel Adams

John Adams

Robert Treat Paine

Elbridge Gerry

 

Rhode Island

Stephen Hopkins

William Ellery

 

Connecticut

Roger Sherman

Samuel Huntington

William Williams

Oliver Wolcott

 

New York

William Floyd

Philip Livingston

Francis Lewis

Lewis Morris

 

New Jersey

Richard Stockton

John Witherspoon

Francis Hopkinson

John Hart

Abraham Clark

 

Pennsylvania

Robert Morris

Benjamin Rush

Benjamin Franklin

John Morton

George Clymer

James Smith

George Taylor

James Wilson

George Ross

 

Delware

Caesar Rodney

George Read

Thomas McKean

 

Maryland

Samuel Chase

William Paca

Thomas Stone

Charles Carroll of Carrollton

 

Virginia

George Wythe

Richard Henry Lee

Thomas Jefferson

Benjamin Harrison

Thomas Nelson Jr.

Francis Lightfoot Lee

Carter Braxton

 

North Carolina

William Hooper

Joseph Hewes

John Penn

 

South Carolina

Edward Rutledge

Thomas Heward

Thomas Lynch, Jr.

Arthur Middleton

 

Georgia

Button Gwinnett

Lyman Hall

George Walton

 

 

 

 
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