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Signers of Declaration of Independence.
Signers of the Constitution.
• Delegates to the Constitutional Convention that did not sign.
Signers of the Declaration of Independence


Massachusetts
John Hancock
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
 
New Hampshire
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Matthew Thornton
 
Rhode Island
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Connecticut
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
 
New York
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
 
New Jersey
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark
Pennsylvania
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
 
Delaware
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas M'Kean
Maryland
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carrol
 
Virginia
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton
North Carolina
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
 
South Carolina
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward
Thomas Lynch
Arthur Middleton
 
Georgia
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton


Also see Signers and Their Fates

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Signers of the Constitution

39 delegates (of 55) who signed the Constitution.
[Number of delegates indicated by each state.]

George Washington (VA) signed as President of the Convention.


New Hampshire [2]
John Langdon
Nicholas Gilman
 
Massachusetts [4]
Rufus King
Nathaniel Gorham
 
Connecticut [3]
Roger Sherman
William Samuel Johnson
 
New York [3]
Alexander Hamilton
 
New Jersey [5]
William Livingston
David Brearley
William Patterson
Jonathan Dayton
Pennsylvania [8]
Benjamin Franklin
Thomas Mifflin
Robert Morris
George Clymer
Thomas FitzSimons
Jared Ingersoll
James Wilson
Gouverneur Morris
 
Delaware [5]
George Read
Gunning Bedford, Jr.
John Dickinson
Richard Bassett
Jacob Broom
 
Maryland [5]
James McHenry
Daniel Carroll
Dan of St. Thomas Jenifer
Virginia [7]
John Blair
James Madison
and, G. Washington
 
North Carolina [5]
William Blount
Richard Dobbs Spaight
Hugh Williamson
 
South Carolina [4]
John Rutledge
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney
Charles Pinckney
Pierce Butler
 
Georgia [4]
William Few
Abraham Baldwin


Rhode Island did not send any Delegates.

Attended Convention: Did Not Sign Constitution

16 Delegates to the Convention who did not sign Constitution.
[Number of delegates indicated by each state.]

New Hampshire [2]
Both signed
 
Massachusetts [4]
Elbridge Gerry
Caleb Strong
 
Connecticut [3]
Oliver Ellsworth
 
New York [3]
John Lansing, Jr.
Robert Yates
 
New Jersey [5]
William C. Houston
Pennsylvania [8]
All 8 signed
 
Delaware [5]
All 5 signed
 
Maryland [5]
Luther Martin
John F. Mercer
 
Rhode Island [0]
None
Virginia [7]
George Mason
James McClurg
Edmund Randolph
George Wythe
 
North Carolina [5]
William R. Davie
Alexander Martin
 
South Carolina [4]
All 4 signed
 
Georgia [4]
William Houstoun
William L. Pierce

Note: States with at least one delegate present had one vote each. The Convention had been called by Congress, so the delegates that went home were actually abstaining from voting within their state's caucuses. Therefore, the final vote to approve the draft and send it to Congress was 12-0. Congress then sent it to the state legislatures for ratification (or rejection). Ratification required 9 states. The Constitution went into effect with ratification by New Hampshire on June 21, 1788, leaving New York, North Carolina, Virginia and Rhode Island out in the cold. But Virginia got on board June 25 and New York a month later. However, North Carolina delayed 17 months and Rhode Island nearly two years before they came in from the cold.

Notes on the Constitutional Convention:
-- Some delegates left early due to illness, frustration, business emergencies, or they returned home to complain to their legislatures.
-- Like Rhode Island, New York saw no need for a convention but NY sent delegates at the last minute. However, only Hamilton stayed and signed although he objected to the failure of the proposed "plan" to call for a stronger central government. Hamilton saw no need for state legislatures! Its safe to say that he preferred something closer to a pure democracy over a strong republic.
-- Thomas Jefferson was not a delegate because he was serving as emissary to France. But, as a courtesy, he received a copy of the final document before it went to the states.


SOURCE (unless otherwise indicated):
Biographies of the Signers of D.O.I. from the 1829 book,
Lives of the Signers to the Declaration of Independence
by the Rev. Charles A. Goodrich
[Some editing was done to bios to correct obvious errors.
Also an effort was made to modernize some spelling.]


Sources of others indicated on respective pages.
Some information was taken from:
Marshall, James V.
The United States Manual of Biography and History.
Philadelphia: James B. Smith & Co., 1856.


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