Monday, July 4, 2011

Okay let me explain

On July 4 1776 The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress, but was not signed by everyone until later.

The only people who signed on July4 where John Hancock (the president),
and Charles Thomson (the secretary).

Charles Thomson signed the first copy of the Declaration of Independence and for this reason he is some times called the 57th signer, but his name is not on the Declaration that we most commonly think of (the fancier copy).

Later that day John Dunlap was given the job of printing the Declaration and he stayed up most of the night making 200 copies of the Declaration so that it could be sent out all over the 13 colonies the next day.

Well all that to say,
Happy 4th of July !!!


The copy of the Declaration that I have up above is one of the copies that John Dunlap printed, and you can see John Hancock and Charles Thomson names on it.

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