What happened to the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence?

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army, another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?
Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.
Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated.

But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters.

Thomas Nelson quietly urged General George Washington to open fire.
His own home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed.
The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives.
His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste.
For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.
A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.
Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.

Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution.
These were not wild eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians.
They were soft-spoken men of means and education.
They had security, but they valued liberty more.
Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: “For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

They gave you and me a free and independent America.

The history books never told you a lot of what happened in the Revolutionary War.
We didn’t just fight the British.
We were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government!

Some of us take these liberties for granted … We shouldn’t.


– Author Unknown


I often wonder if we could find 56 members of Congress willing to do this in the event of some future totalitarian government or other crisis?

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have you ever read Rush Limbaugh’s father or grandfather’s speech about the signers and what happened to them?


I don’t believe we have anyone of that caliber today.

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Trump puts it on the line every day. The extreme communist/socialist left would be dancing in the streets if he were to be assassinated.


This president is supernaturally protected. Millions of people pray for him daily.

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I just pray that he wins a second term. Those evil dems haven’t let up on him since he was elected. They’re not above doing worse. Now they’re going after Kavanaugh. We should have done that with BO.


I agree Classical Teacher…but it would have been impossible with our traitorous, socialist media in his back pocket. Our media is nothing but the propaganda arm of the democrat party.


Totally agree, Caroline. The media reminds me of the Nazi "news’ in which Propaganda Minister, Joseph Goebbels had control over all the media during the Nazi years.

“Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.”

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@Classical Teacher, did you happen to catch the goings on at the UN this am? Little Greta Thornberg and her ‘HOW DARE YOU’ speech. Reminds me of the old Nazi political ads using young girls with apple cheeks and blonde braids.

THEN the president comes on with his speech re: religious freedom.

You should have seen her face after realizing that she has been upstaged.


This child is being frightened by her german socialist envirowhacko handler funded by Soros. It is unconscionable. The president did not seem to notice her…and why should he? It is folly to allow children to lead adults who have more life experience and knowledge.

This globaloney nonsense is not about the environment. It is about power and the redistribution of wealth. Give up your weapons and allow these people to run your lives into a trench dug mass grave in an open field.

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I really like this word. Somebody should compile a politically incorrect lexicon.

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Greta Thunberg: The environmental movement’s human shield.

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This poor little ignorant, programmed child. Seems our public schools, left-wing media media and parents have done their job well. Maybe she’ll wake up when she’s an adult.


No, I don’t watch political news on TV or the internet. Most of it is terribly biased. I really didn’t want to hear what this poor, indoctrinated girl had to say.


Greta Thunberg is an ACTRESS.


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