On this day 243 years ago

243 years ago today, 56 brave men did the unthinkable and declared independence from the most powerful country on Earth. With a few strokes of a pen, each one marked himself for death. In the grand scheme of history, our defeat of the British Empire was nothing short of an awe-inspiring triumph against all odds. How blessed we are to live in the nation that they created which, little did they know, would rise to become more prosperous than any in history and more strong than England ever was. It is not only an honor but also an obligation for us to be good stewards of the Republic that they sacrificed everything to give to us. The words “all men are created equal” have echoed through history and helped provide an unprecedented level of freedom for every citizen. Let us remember what today is about and never allow the wicked evil that is tyranny to ever return to our beloved America.

“…all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights… The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States…we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton

North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton

Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross

Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean

New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple

John Hancock
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery

Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott

New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton

About The Author

Matthew Howerton is a writer, political consultant, campaign manager, and former congressional staffer based out of Louisiana. Matt was born in Houston, Texas where he was active in promoting christian-conservative policies and candidates for public office. Having served on eight campaigns and as a staffer for the 115th Congress, Matt has a wealth of political knowledge and experience. His electoral assists include a newly-elected U.S. Senator, Governor, U.S. Congressman, State Representative, and City Councilman. Matt continues to fight for common-sense solutions for Texas, Louisiana and the United States.

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