CHAIRMAN’S REPORT– July 3, 2018
by: Steve Hayes, AFFT Chairman and President
FACTS ABOUT THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE AND ITS SIGNERS
For many Americans, July 4th has become a day off from work and an opportunity to gather with family and maybe enjoy a fireworks show. For some, there are 4th of July parades. For others, it is just an opportunity to catch up on their sleep and maybe do some chores around the house.
However, in a conversation with Phil Hinson, a member of the AFFT board of directors and Vice President, we discussed how so many people seem to have forgotten the real risks and consequences faced by the 56 men signing the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Many of these men were wealthy and all were living comfortable lives. They were also intelligent men that recognized that they were advocating a rebellion against the greatest military power on earth.
This was a time when traitors, and these men were considered traitors by the British, were at best imprisoned but most often just slain. These men also fully knew that they were not only risking their life and property but the welfare of their families because often their assets were also seized.
They fully appreciated that the last sentence of the Declaration was more than just eloquent words.
“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”
John Hancock, president of the Continental Congress, was one of the wealthiest people in the colonies. His large signature on the Declaration of Independence was his act of defiance to the British who had posted a large reward for his capture. When he signed, he commented, “The British ministry can read that name without spectacles; let them double their reward.”
No delegate missed the meaning of John Hancock’s statement, “We must be unanimous; there must be no pulling different ways; we must hang together." Nor did anyone miss the import of Benjamin Franklin’s words as he prepared to sign when he echoed the sentiments of Hancock, “We must all hang together or most assuredly we will all hang separately."
No one thought him being melodramatic when hearing New Jersey delegate Abraham Clark’s statement as he signed the Declaration, "Let us prepare for the worst. We can die here but once."
This information about the signers is from the Constitution Society:
- Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists
- Eleven were merchants
- Nine were farmers and large plantation owners
- 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.
Here is a link to an excellent video done by Paul Harvey about the signers and their fates.
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