July 3, 2013

the fourth

from the US Census Bureau --- fun facts re: the 4th of July

In 1776, the estimated population in the newly formed United States was 2.5 million. Today the nation's estimated population is 316.2 million.

There were 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. 

John Hancock, the President of the 2nd Continental Congress at the time, was the 1st signer. His signature is the largest and most famous.

Ben Franklin was the oldest signer (at age 70). Edward Rutledge (of SC) was the youngest (at age 26).  

Two future Presidents signed: John Adams & Thomas Jefferson.

Charles Carroll (who represented MD) was the last living signer. He died in 1832 at the age of 95. 

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