“When in the course of human events…
John Trumbull’s painting
“Declaration of Independence” – the presenation of the draft document to Congress (not the signing, as generally assumed). The five-man committee depicted above: John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin
George Washington – military leader (that little skirmish with the British), statesman (1st American President), modest man (wouldn’t stand for a second election, wouldn’t be called “His Excellencey”)
Images courtesy of Mt. Vernon.org. Click here for a virtual interiors tour.
John Adams – lawyer (small town lawyer Braintree, MA), author (wrote the Massachusetts State Constitution), statesman (2nd US President).
John Adams died on July 4th, 1826. The same day as Thomas Jefferson.
Thomas Jefferson, author (main author of that little document known as The Declaration of Independence), statesman (3rd US President), architect (Monticello).
Thomas Jefferson died on July 4th, 1826, the same day as John Adams.
The Assembly Hall, where Declaration of Independence was signed. Photo by Dan Smith.
Independence Hall – Philadelphia
Old City – Philadelphia
….And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
Happy July 4th everyone!