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Only Six Men Signed the Declaration of Independence and Also the Constitution

Updated July 5, 2015
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Six People Signed the Declaration and Also the Constitution

Here's an interesting footnote in the history of the United States of America.  Only six men signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Those men are:

  • George Clymer:  Clymer was one of the first Patriots to advocate complete independence from Britain.

  • Benjamin Franklin:  We all know Benjamin Franklin.  He was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat - should we keep going?  During the writing of the Constitution, he could barely walk as his age was catching up with him.  He had to be carried into the convention hall while sitting in a sedan chair.

  • Robert Morris:  Morris was an American merchant who played a major role in financing the American Revolution.

  • George Read:  Read is only one of two statesmen to sign all three of the great State papers on which our country’s history is based.  Those papers are:
    • The original 'Petition to the King' of the Congress of 1774
    • The Declaration of Independence
    • The Constitution of the United States

  • Roger Sherman:  Sherman is another important person in the formation of the United States.  He was the only person to sign all four of the following papers:
    • The Continental Association
    • The Declaration of Independence
    • The Articles of Confederation
    • The Constitution of the United States


  • James Wilson:  Wilson was a major force in drafting the United States Constitution.

Some of these men above are probably not mentioned in our school history books, but they're all very important in the founding of our country.

Surprisingly, some of the famous signers of the Declaration of Independence, including Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, were elsewhere when the Constitution was being written - so they never signed it.  Jefferson was in France as our American minister, and Adams was American Minister to Great Britain.

George Washington was the first signer of the Constitution, but he did not sign the Declaration of Independence - he was already off leading the battle in the American Revolution.

Do any names on this list surprise you?

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