I have the happiness to know that it is a rising, and not a setting sun.
— Benjamin Franklin, 1787, on the signing of the Constitution
Lawyer, architect, drafter of the Declaration of Independence, Virginia governor, diplomat, third President, founder of the University of Virginia; 1743 - 1826.
New York lawyer, politician, signer of the Declaration of Independence; 1746 - 1813.
Soldier, lawyer, Virginia governor, diplomat, Secretary of State, Secretary of War, fifth President; 1758 - 1831.
Lawyer, politician, Boston revolutionary; 1725 - 83.
Lawyer, Virginia governor, Constitutional Convention delegate, first Attorney General, Secretary of State; 1753 - 1813.
Lawyer, signer of the Declaration of Independence, senator for Delaware; 1733 - 98.
Lawyer and politician from Connecticut; signer of the Declaration of Independence; 1721 - 1793.
lawyer, Continental Congressman, signer of the Declaration of Independence; 1730 - 81.
Lawyer, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Supreme Court justice; 1742 - 98.
Lawyer, teacher, scholar, signer of the Declaration of Independence; 1726 - 1806.
Paine’s pamphlet Common Sense (1775), urging the colonies to declare their independence, found 150,000 purchasers in a population of less than 3 million — the equivalent today of a sale of 14 million.
— Richard Brookhiser
Gentleman Revolutionary: Gouverneur Morris, the Rake Who Wrote the Constitution (2003)
The General Assembly of Rhode Island authorizes enlistment of slaves.
Richard Stockton, U.S. attorney and signer of Declaration of Independence for New Jersey, dies at age 50.
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