A Student of History

December 21, 2007

Were most of the Dec of Indep Signers clergymen?

Filed under: Early America — John Maass @ 2:59 pm

In October, during one of the numerous presidential debates, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, now a candidate for the Republican Party presidential nomination, made the following statement:

When our founding fathers put their signatures on the Declaration of Independence, those 56 brave people, most of whom, by the way, were clergymen, they said that we have certain inalienable rights given to us by our creator, and among these life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, life being one of them.

Were most of the Signers clergymen?  No, and J.L. Bell proves it at his blog, “Boston 1775.  He has identified only one: John Witherspoon, pictured below.  Well worth reading.

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