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Signed July 4, 1776

Religious Affiliation of the 56 Signers of the
Declaration of Independence

Name

State

Church Affiliation

Notes

1.

Charles Carroll

Maryland

Catholic

See note 1 below.

2.

Samuel Huntington

Connecticut

Congregationalist

3.

Roger Sherman

Connecticut

Congregationalist

Also signed the Constitution

4.

William Williams

Connecticut

Congregationalist

5.

Oliver Wolcott

Connecticut

Congregationalist

6.

Lyman Hall

Georgia

Congregationalist

7.

Samuel Adams

Massachusetts

Congregationalist

8.

John Hancock

Massachusetts

Congregationalist

9.

Josiah Bartlett

New Hampshire

Congregationalist

10.

William Whipple

New Hampshire

Congregationalist

11.

William Ellery

Rhode Island

Congregationalist

12.

John Adams

Massachusetts

Congregationalist Unitarian

13.

Robert Treat Paine

Massachusetts

Congregationalist Unitarian

14.

George Walton

Georgia

Episcopalian

15.

John Penn

North Carolina

Episcopalian

16.

George Ross

Pennsylvania

Episcopalian

17.

Thomas Heyward, Jr.

South Carolina

Episcopalian

18.

Thomas Lynch, Jr.

South Carolina

Episcopalian

19.

Arthur Middleton

South Carolina

Episcopalian

20.

Edward Rutledge

South Carolina

Episcopalian

21.

Francis Lightfoot Lee

Virginia

Episcopalian

22.

Richard Henry Lee

Virginia

Episcopalian

23.

George Read

Delaware

Episcopalian

Also signed the Constitution

24.

Caesar Rodney

Delaware

Episcopalian

25.

Samuel Chase

Maryland

Episcopalian

Chase was an advocate of public support for religion

26.

William Paca

Maryland

Episcopalian

27.

Thomas Stone

Maryland

Episcopalian

28.

Eldridge Gerry

Massachusetts

Episcopalian

29.

Francis Hopkinson

New Jersey

Episcopalian

30.

Francis Lewis

New York

Episcopalian

31.

Lewis Morris

New York

Episcopalian

32.

William Hooper

North Carolina

Episcopalian

33.

Robert Morris

Pennsylvania

Episcopalian

Also signed the Constitution

34.

John Morton

Pennsylvania

Episcopalian

35.

Stephen Hopkins

Rhode Island

Episcopalian

36.

Carter Braxton

Virginia

Episcopalian

37.

Benjamin Harrison

Virginia

Episcopalian

38.

Thomas Nelson, Jr.

Virginia

Episcopalian

39.

George Wythe

Virginia

Episcopalian

40.

Thomas Jefferson

Virginia

Episcopalian-Deist

41.

Benjamin Franklin

Pennsylvania

Episcopalian-Deist

Also signed the Constitution

42.

Button Gwinnett

Georgia

Episcopalian-Congregationalist

43.

James Wilson

Pennsylvania

Episcopalian-Presbyterian

Also signed the Constitution, Justice on Supreme Court

44.

Joseph Hewes

North Carolina

Quaker-Episcopalian

45.

George Clymer

Pennsylvania

Quaker-Episcopalian

Also signed the Constitution

46.

Thomas McKean

Delaware

Presbyterian

47.

Matthew Thornton

New Hampshire

Presbyterian

48.

Abraham Clark

New Jersey

Presbyterian

49.

John Hart

New Jersey

Presbyterian

50.

Richard Stockton

New Jersey

Presbyterian

51.

John Witherspoon

New Jersey

Presbyterian

Presbyterian Minister and President Princeton

52.

William Floyd

New York

Presbyterian

53.

Philip Livingston

New York

Presbyterian

54.

James Smith

Pennsylvania

Presbyterian

55.

George Taylor

Pennsylvania

Presbyterian

56.

Benjamin Rush

Pennsylvania

Presbyterian

Note 1:  Charles Carroll was the only Roman Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence. On November 4, 1800, Carroll penned a letter to James McHenry, the signer of the Constitution for whom Fort McHenry was named. Charles Carroll wrote: “Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure,… are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.”