4th of July: What Happened to the Signers of the Declaration of Independence?

Nicholas C. Rossis

4th of July flag-fireworksAlthough this post concerns mostly my American friends, the 4th of July had a profound impact on Greece, as well, as it inspired its own war of independence, in 1821. Much like the people mentioned below, the protagonists of 1821 more often than not found untimely death, died in penury or, in one notable case, were imprisoned post-independence by their fellow Greeks during political infighting.

It can be hard to remember that the people we worship as heroes today were just normal people like you and me, who made a conscious choice to sacrifice comfort and security for freedom. Since some complain that Pearseus, my epic fantasy series, is a bit hard on its heroes, I was curious: 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…

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