List of signers of the United States Constitution

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Signers of the United States Constitution, the supreme law of the United States, include 39 of 55 delegates who attended the Constitutional Convention, and the convention's secretary, William Jackson, who signed the document to authenticate the results of the Convention's sessions.[1] The Constitution, called the most important document in American history, describes the branches of the United States government and how the government should be operated.[2] It was signed on September 17, 1787, in Independence Hall, Philadelphia, with all of the original Thirteen Colonies members sending representatives, with the exception of Rhode Island.[3]

Of the constitution's 40 signers, 23 were veterans of the Revolutionary War.[1] Jonathan Dayton was the youngest to sign the Constitution, at the age of 26, while Benjamin Franklin, at the age of 81, was the oldest.[3] Connecticut's Roger Sherman also signed the Articles of Association, the Declaration of Independence, and the Articles of Confederation, making him the only person to sign all four documents.[4] Six other signatories' names are on the Declaration of Independence, while another four are on the Articles of Confederation.


Table key[edit]

Table key
Signer of the Articles of AssociationSigner of the Articles of Association[5]
Signer of the Declaration of IndependenceSigner of the Declaration of Independence[6]
*Signer of the Articles of Confederation[7]

Signatures[edit]

Page four of the United States Constitution
Part of page four of the Constitution, showing the signatures of the delegates
OrderNameState represented
1Washington, GeorgeGeorge WashingtonSigner of the Articles of AssociationVirginia
2Read, GeorgeGeorge ReadSigner of the Articles of AssociationSigner of the Declaration of IndependenceDelaware
3Bedford, Jr., GunningGunning Bedford, Jr.Delaware
4Dickinson, JohnJohn Dickinson*Delaware
5Bassett, RichardRichard BassettDelaware
6Broom, JacobJacob BroomDelaware
7McHenry, JamesJames McHenryMaryland
8Jenifer, Daniel of St. ThomasDaniel of St. Thomas JeniferMaryland
9Carroll, DanielDaniel Carroll*Maryland
10Blair, JohnJohn BlairVirginia
11Madison, Jr., JamesJames Madison, Jr.Virginia
12Blount, WilliamWilliam BlountNorth Carolina
13Spaight, Richard DobbsRichard Dobbs SpaightNorth Carolina
14Williamson, HughHugh WilliamsonNorth Carolina
15Rutledge, JohnJohn RutledgeSouth Carolina
16Pinckney, Charles CotesworthCharles Cotesworth PinckneySouth Carolina
17Pinckney, CharlesCharles PinckneySouth Carolina
18Butler, PiercePierce ButlerSouth Carolina
19Few, WilliamWilliam FewGeorgia
20Baldwin, AbrahamAbraham BaldwinGeorgia
21Langdon, JohnJohn LangdonNew Hampshire
22Gilman, NicholasNicholas GilmanNew Hampshire
23Gorham, NathanielNathaniel GorhamMassachusetts
24King, RufusRufus KingMassachusetts
25Johnson, William SamuelWilliam Samuel JohnsonConnecticut
26Sherman, RogerRoger ShermanSigner of the Articles of AssociationSigner of the Declaration of Independence*Connecticut
27Hamilton, AlexanderAlexander HamiltonNew York
28Livingston, WilliamWilliam LivingstonNew Jersey
29Brearley, DavidDavid BrearleyNew Jersey
30Paterson, WilliamWilliam PatersonNew Jersey
31Dayton, JonathanJonathan DaytonNew Jersey
32Franklin, BenjaminBenjamin FranklinSigner of the Declaration of IndependencePennsylvania
33Mifflin, ThomasThomas MifflinPennsylvania
34Morris, RobertRobert MorrisSigner of the Declaration of Independence*Pennsylvania
35Clymer, GeorgeGeorge ClymerSigner of the Declaration of IndependencePennsylvania
36FitzSimons, ThomasThomas FitzSimonsPennsylvania
37Ingersoll, JaredJared IngersollPennsylvania
38Wilson, JamesJames WilsonSigner of the Declaration of IndependencePennsylvania
39Morris, GouverneurGouverneur Morris*Pennsylvania
40Jackson, WilliamWilliam Jackson

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References[edit]

General reference
Notes
  1. ^ a b "William Jackson: Soldier-Statesmen of the Constitution" (PDF). Army Center of Military History. 1987. pp. 3–4. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ Rossotti, Charles O. (2005). Many Unhappy Returns: One Man's Quest To Turn Around The Most Unpopular Organization In America. Harvard Business Press. p. 172. ISBN 978-1-59139-441-9. 
  3. ^ a b "The Founding Fathers: Delegates to the Constitutional Convention". National Archives and Records Administration. Retrieved June 28, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Roger Sherman". Architect of the Capitol. Retrieved June 28, 2009. 
  5. ^ Journals of the Continental Congress, Volume 1. United States Government Printing Office. 1904. p. 80. 
  6. ^ "Signers of the Declaration of Independence" (PDF). National Archives and Records Administration. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  7. ^ Gratz, Simon (1920). A book about Autographs. William J. Campbell. pp. 329–331.