Declaration of
Independence
   Chronology
1775
Events preceding Revolutionary War…
Stamp Act, Intolerable Acts, etc
Boston Tea Party
Boston Massacre

Revolutionary ...
1776
June 7
   Co ng re s s , me e ting in
    Philade lphia , re c e ive s
    Ric hard He nry Le e 's
    re s o lutio n...
1776
June 11
Thomas Jefferson, John Adams,
 Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and
 Robert R. Livingston appointed to a
 co...
1776
June 12-27
Jefferson, at the request of the committee,
 drafts a declaration, of which only a
 fragment exists. Jeffe...
1776
June 28
• A fair copy of the committee draft of
  the Declaration of Independence is
  read in Congress.
1776
July 1-4

Congress debates and revises the
 Declaration of Independence.
1776
July 2
• Congress declares independence
  as the British fleet and army arrive
  at New York.
July 4, 1776
• Independence Day?
Congress adopts the Declaration of
  Independence in the morning of a bright,
  sunny, bu...
1776
July 5

John Hancock, president of the
 Continental Congress, dispatches the
 first of Dunlap's broadsides of the
 De...
1776
July 6

Pennsylvania Evening Post of July 6
 prints the first newspaper rendition
 of the Declaration of
 Independenc...
1776
July 8

The first public reading of the
 Declaration is in Philadelphia.
1776
July 9

Washington orders that the
 Declaration of Independence be
 read before the American army in
 New York
1776
July 19

• Congress orders the Declaration of
  Independence engrossed (officially
  inscribed) and signed by members.
1776
August 2

• Delegates begin to sign engrossed copy
  of the Declaration of Independence. A
  large British reinforcem...
1777
January 18

Congress, now sitting in Baltimore,
 Maryland, orders that signed copies of
 the Declaration of Independe...
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Declaration Of Independence Chronology

  1. 1. Declaration of Independence Chronology
  2. 2. 1775 Events preceding Revolutionary War… Stamp Act, Intolerable Acts, etc Boston Tea Party Boston Massacre Revolutionary War begins… (shot heard round the world)
  3. 3. 1776 June 7 Co ng re s s , me e ting in Philade lphia , re c e ive s Ric hard He nry Le e 's re s o lutio n urg ing Co ng re s s to de c lare inde pe nde nc e .
  4. 4. 1776 June 11 Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston appointed to a committee to draft a declaration of independence. American army retreats to Lake Champlain from Canada
  5. 5. 1776 June 12-27 Jefferson, at the request of the committee, drafts a declaration, of which only a fragment exists. Jefferson's clean, or "fair" copy, the "original Rough draught," is reviewed by the committee. Both documents are in the manuscript collections of the Library of Congress.
  6. 6. 1776 June 28 • A fair copy of the committee draft of the Declaration of Independence is read in Congress.
  7. 7. 1776 July 1-4 Congress debates and revises the Declaration of Independence.
  8. 8. 1776 July 2 • Congress declares independence as the British fleet and army arrive at New York.
  9. 9. July 4, 1776 • Independence Day? Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence in the morning of a bright, sunny, but cool Philadelphia day. John Dunlap prints the Declaration of Independence. These prints are now called "Dunlap Broadsides." Twenty-four copies are known to exist, two of which are in the Library of Congress. One of these was Washington's personal copy.
  10. 10. 1776 July 5 John Hancock, president of the Continental Congress, dispatches the first of Dunlap's broadsides of the Declaration of Independence to the legislatures of New Jersey and Delaware.
  11. 11. 1776 July 6 Pennsylvania Evening Post of July 6 prints the first newspaper rendition of the Declaration of Independence.
  12. 12. 1776 July 8 The first public reading of the Declaration is in Philadelphia.
  13. 13. 1776 July 9 Washington orders that the Declaration of Independence be read before the American army in New York
  14. 14. 1776 July 19 • Congress orders the Declaration of Independence engrossed (officially inscribed) and signed by members.
  15. 15. 1776 August 2 • Delegates begin to sign engrossed copy of the Declaration of Independence. A large British reinforcement arrives at New York after being repelled at Charleston, S.C.
  16. 16. 1777 January 18 Congress, now sitting in Baltimore, Maryland, orders that signed copies of the Declaration of Independence printed by Mary Katherine Goddard of Baltimore be sent to the states.
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