July 4

At a little after 11 o’clock, after many hours of debate during the previous two days and thirty-nine revisions to the committee’s draft, including the deletion of language that denounced King George III for promoting the slave trade, the Declaration of Independence was approved. John Hancock, as President of Congress, and Charles Thompson, Secretary of Congress signed the document. The New York again delegation abstained from the vote, but approved the Declaration five days later.

1776 The Continental Congress forms a committee to design a seal to be used by Congress. After six years and three committees, Charles Thomson, Secretary of Congress, presented a seal using elements of previous attempts for approval on June 20, 1782. It is first used on September 16, 1782 to verify signatures that authorized George Washington to negotiate prisoners exchange with the British.

For a Spiral Bound book with information on events that happened on each day of the year during the American Revolutionary Period click: American Revolutionary Period: 1760-1789

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