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Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Signers

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette mentions an item that we discuss in a "Myths and Misinformation" box.

A popular e-mail that has circulated more than a decade on the Internet, often titled “The Price They Paid,” seeks to explain “what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence.” Unfortunately, much of the information is wrong, exaggerated or misleading.

For example, the e-mail states that “9 of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.” In actuality, according to, which researches the veracity of Web rumors, although nine signers did die during the war, none died from wounds or hardships inflicted by the British. One, Button Gwinnett of Georgia, died in a duel with a fellow U.S. officer.