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Declaration of Independence Signers

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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1) John Hancock was a Massachusetts merchant and prominent patriot of the American Revolution. He served as President of the Second Continental Congress and was the first Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, but is most famous for his prominent signature on the United States Declaration of Independence.  He died October 8, 1793 in Quincy, Massachusetts at the age of 56. Declaration of Independence
Where is he buried?

  1. Granary Burial Ground. Boston, Massachusetts
  2. Pilgrim Cemetery, Quincy, Massachusetts
  3. Church of England Cemetery, Boston, Massachusetts

2) Josiah Bartlett was an American physician and statesman who, as a delegate to the Continental Congress for New Hampshire, signed the Declaration of Independence. He was later Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court of Judicature and Governor of the state. He retired to his home in Kingston, New Hampshire and died there on May 19, 1795. He was 65 years old.
Where is he buried?

  1. Holy Trinity Cemetery, Newton, New Hampshire
  2. Plains Cemetery, Kingston, New Hampshire
  3. Mountain Cemetery, Amesbury, Massachusetts

3) William Whipple, Jr. was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New Hampshire. After the war he became an Associate Justice of the Superior Court of New Hampshire. He suffered from a heart ailment and he died by fainting from atop his horse while traveling his court circuit. He was 55 years old.
Where is he buried?

  1. 1st Unity Church Cemetery, Kittery, Maine
  2. Old Settlers Burial Grounds, Concord, New Hampshire
  3. Old North Burial Ground, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

4) Matthew Thornton was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New Hampshire. He died on June 24, 1803 in Newburyport, Massachusetts, while visiting his daughter. He was 89 years old.
Where is he buried?

  1. Thornton Cemetery, Merrimack, New Hampshire
  2. Matthew Cemetery, Wiscasset, Maine
  3. Londonderry Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Londonderry, New Hampshire

5) Samuel Adams was an American statesman, politician, writer and political philosopher, brewer, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. In old age, Samuel suffered from symptoms akin to those of Parkinson's disease, so Samuel's daughter Hannah had to sign his name for him. Adams died at the age of 81 on October 2, 1803.
Where is he buried?

  1. Granary Burying Ground in Boston, Massachusetts
  2. Old North Church Burial Ground, Boston, Massachusetts
  3. Faneuil Hall Cemetery, Boston, Massachusetts

6) John Adams was one of the most influential Founding Fathers of the United States. He was elected second President of the United States (1797-1801) after serving as America's first Vice President (1789-1797) for two terms. On July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, Adams died at his home in Quincy at the age of 90.
Where are they buried?

  1. First Unitarian Church Cemetery, Quincy, Massachusetts
  2. Unitarian Universals Cemetery, Boston, Massachusetts
  3. Bunker Hill Memorial Gardens, Boston, Massachusetts

7) Robert Treat Paine was a signer of the Declaration of Independence as a representative of Massachusetts. Paine was born in Boston, Massachusetts, a descendant of early American settler Robert Treat. He died at the age of 83 on May 11, 1814.
Where is he buried?

  1. Bunker Hill Memorial Gardens, Boston, Massachusetts
  2. Granary Burying Ground, Boston, Massachusetts
  3. Church Green Cemetery, Taunton, Massachusetts

8) Elbridge Thomas Gerry was an American statesman and diplomat. As a Democratic-Republican he was selected as the fifth Vice President of the United States, serving under James Madison, from March 4, 1813. He died on November 23, 1814 at the age of 70, in Washington, D.C.
Where is he buried?

  1. Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  2. Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
  3. Georgetown Memorial Gardens, Georgetown, D.C.

9) Stephen Hopkins was an American political leader from Rhode Island who signed the Declaration of Independence. He served as the Chief Justice and Governor of colonial Rhode Island and was a Delegate to the Colonial Congress in Albany in 1754 and to the Continental Congress from 1774 to 1776. He died at his home in Providence, Rhode Island on July 13, 1785, at the age of 78.
Where is he buried?

  1. North Burial Ground, Providence, Rhode Island
  2. North Mountain Cemetery, Hopkinton, Rhode Island
  3. Peace Cemetery, Providence, Rhode Island

10) William Ellery was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of Rhode Island. He was the first customs collector of the port of Newport under the Constitution, serving there until his death. He died February 15, 1820 at the age of 93.
Where is he buried?

  1. Common Burying Ground and Island Cemetery in Newport, Rhode Island
  2. Church Green Cemetery, Taunton, Massachusetts
  3. North Mountain Cemetery, Hopkinton, Rhode Island

Declaration of Independence Signers [Answers]

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