When July comes to mind, it’s natural to think independence. When you think independence, it’s natural to think of the Declaration, which was adopted on July 4, 1776. But when you think of the Declaration, is it natural to think that more than 10% of its signers were metalworkers of the day?
As you may know from grade school, the committee appointed by Congress to draft the Declaration was comprised of five men – Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert R. Livingston and Roger Sherman. Jefferson worked on the draft from June 11-28. After vetting by Adams and Franklin, it was presented to the Congress on July 2. Congressional revisions were made on July 3 and most of July 4, and the Declaration was adopted in the afternoon of July 4. Although Robert R. Livingston was on the drafting committee, he never signed the document. His cousin-once-removed, Philip, did sign it for New York.