Fourth of July: Founders, Facts and 'No Fooling?'

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Founding Father: John Hancock
  • Signers of the Declaration of Independence
  • Founding Father: John Adams
  • Founding Father: Thomas Jefferson
  • Founding Father: John Hancock
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Edward Rutledge
  • Founding Father: Roger Sherman from Connecticut
Founding Father: John Hancock
John Hancock, President of the Second Continental Congress, was the first signer. This merchant by trade did so in an entirely blank space making it the largest and most famous signature – hence the term John Hancock, which is still used today as a synonym for signature.