The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in American history.
But why was it created?
And who were the men willing to risk their lives by adding their signatures to the bottom of it?
Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin, and other prominent figures who actively shaped the Declaration are given in depth biographies.
But Charles Goodrich does not just focus upon the more famous of the fifty-signers as he draws evidence from a wide variety of sources to shine light upon even the most obscure of the Declaration’s signatories.
Indeed some of the most fascinating of the lives within this work are those that have more frequently been forgotten.
Goodrich begins the work with a short history of why the Declaration of Independence came into being. It provides an excellent grounding for his biographies of all fifty-six signers and lives that they led, both before and after they had added their names to this famous document.
“The same intrepidity and genius which had raised them to be leaders of the nation at that crisis, carried them forward in the career of glory through a long period of public life. … we are convinced these biographies will be read with pleasure.” The North American Review
This book is worthy reading for anyone interested in how the United States was founded and for people wishing to learn more about the figures that shaped its history in those early years.
Charles Augustus Goodrich was an American author and Congregational minister, who popularized the motto “a place for everything and everything in its place”. His book Lives of the Signers to the Declaration of independence was first published in 1829 and he passed away in 1862.