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How many signers of the Declaration of Independence were over 55?

From Genealogy Trails of Fast Facts of signers of the monumental document of the Declaration of Independence, nine of the 56 men who signed were over 55 years of age in 1776.

Representing the state of Pennsylvania, Benjamin Franklin, age 70, born in Boston, MA, July 17, 1706. Franklin was a scientist, printer, married once with three children. He died at the age of 84 on April 17, 1790.

Representing the state of New Jersey, John Hart, age 65, born in Hunterdon Co., NJ in 1711. Hart was a landowner, married once with 13 children. He died at the age of 68 on May 11, 1779.

Representing the state of Rhode Island, Stephen Hopkins, age 69, born in Providence, RI on March 7, 1707. Hopkins was merchant, married twice with seven children. He died at the age of 78 on April 13, 1785.

Representing the state of New York Francis Lewis, age 63, born in Llandaff, Wales on March 21, 1713. Lewis was a merchant, married once with seven children. He died at the ge of 89 on December 30, 1802.

Representing the state of New York, Philip Livingston, age 60, born in Albany, NY on January 15, 1716. Livingston was a merchant, married once with nine children. He died at the age of 62 on June 12, 1778.

Representing the state of Connecticut, Roger Sherman, age 55, born in Newton, MA on April 19, 1721. Sherman was a lawyer, married twice with 15 children. He died at the age of 72 on July 23, 1793.

Representing the state of Pennsylvania, James Smith, age 57, born in Northern Ireland around 1719. Smith was a lawyer, married once with five children. He died at the age of 87 on July 11, 1806.

Representing the state of Pennsylvania, George Taylor, age 60, born in Ireland around 1716. Taylor was a merchant, married once with two children. He died at the age of 65 on February 23, 1781.

Representing the state of New Hampshire, Matthew Thornton, age 62, born in Ireland around 1714. Thornton was a physician, married once with five children. He died at the age of 89 on June 24, 1803.
 

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  • Bernie 4 years ago

    How many voters 55 years of age and older will now get involved in the election and political process to regain our nation's independence? We need representatives that will re-institute the morales and values of our forefounders that established this great nation.

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