Signer Profiles


Signer #71, Justin Williams: "The Local Nomad"

Signer #71 couldn't stay in any one place for too long, but he never left town...

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Signer #5, Eunice Newton Foote: “The Climate Scientist”

Signer #5 discovered the link between carbon dioxide and climate change.

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Signer #32, Mary E. Conklin: “The Last Celebrant”

Signer #32 was one of two living signers to participate in a 1908 memorial celebration of the Convention.

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Signer #30, Elizabeth Conklin: "A Lucky Hit"

Searching out Declaration signers who married after the Convention is a galling challenge...

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Signer #74, Henry W. Seymour: "So Many Misfortunes"

The mystery surrounding the two Henry Seymours deepens.

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Signer #75, Henry Seymour: "The Captain of Industry"

Wealthy and well known, Signer #75 doesn't fit in...

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Signer #17, Malvina Seymour: "Reader Requested"

A reader emailed in, asking if she was related to Signer #17. Hopefully, this will help!

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Signer #50, Cynthia Fuller: "The Loose Thread"

Signer #50's life intersects with at least three other Declaration signers.

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Signer #35, Phebe King: "Household #1067"

The profile of Signer #35 depends heavily on one key artifact.

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Signer #96, E.W. Capron: "The Wandering Spirit(ualist)"

Signer #96 lead a life of philosophical restlessness and seeking—a life often guided by spirits...

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Signer #52, P.A. Culvert: "The Door-Knock Thesis"

Did living en route to the Wesleyan Chapel drive participation in the convention?

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Signer #47, Betsy Tewksbury: “Studying the Shrapnel”

Some misfortune befell Signer #47, and archival evidence suggests that it tore her family apart.

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