None of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 could have imagined a few years earlier that they would be part of such an event. All had been loyal British subjects earlier in their lives, and several had held British government posts in their home colonies. In 1743, Samuel Adams became one of the first to advocate for independence and he was gradually joined by others as English control became increasingly oppressive. A biography and genealogical history of the 56 signers, and of Secretary Charles Thomson who attended all meetings and witnessed the original broadside with John Hancock but did not actually sign it, are presented in this unique reference work. Each of the 57 entries open with a biography of the man, focusing on his education, political career and the events that led him to advocate for independence, based in large part on contemporary sources. This is followed by a narrative genealogical history, providing names, birth and death dates, marriages, children and other details of the signers ancestors. Photographs of the men are included.
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A former genealogical consultant, Della Gray Barthelmas now lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.Review:
"complete biographies...information on the paternal and maternal ancestry of each" -- Ashe Mountain Times
"concise biographical and genealogical information...attractive, informative, and well written" -- ARBA
"impressive.... A valued contribution to any school or public library" -- Midwest Book Review
"should be found in every genealogical library" -- Booklist/RBB
"solid...will be of greatest value in the growing number of libraries that support genealogical research" -- Choice
"unique...well-written and extensively researched reference for students of early American History and for genealogists as well. It is recommended for both public and academic libraries" -- Catholic Library World
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Descripción Mcfarland & Co Inc Pub, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0786403187