Continental Congress Voting Independence

Continental Congress Voting Independence American History Famous Historical Events American Revolution Visual Arts

On the 28th of June, 1776, Jefferson and his committee members submitted the draft Declaration of Independence to Congress.  The document wasn't quite ready for sign-off by everyone.

This image of a painting by Edward Savage and/or Robert Edge Pine (created sometime between 1784 and 1801) depicts that event.  The Library of Congress provides a further description:

This image is considered one of the most realistic renditions of this historical event.  Jefferson is the tall person depositing the Declaration of Independence on the table.  Benjamin Franklin sits to his right.  John Hancock (1737-1793) sits behind the table.  Fellow committee members, John Adams, Roger Sherman (1721-1793), and Robert R. Livingston (1746-1813) stand (left to right) behind Jefferson.

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Media Credits

Image online, courtesy Historical Society of Pennsylvania via the Library of Congress.



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