Who Signed the U.S. Constitution?
Part of the U.S. Constitution For Dummies Cheat Sheet
The 38 signers of the U.S. Constitution were delegates from the original states who gathered several times and in several places, first drafting the Declaration of Independence, and then, after the colonists defeated the British army and won independence, writing the U.S. Constitution. The signers of the two documents have some overlap — Benjamin Franklin signed both, but John Hancock wrote large only on the Declaration of Independence. The delegates are here grouped by the states they represented:
Connecticut: William Samuel Johnson, Roger Sherman
Delaware: George Read, Gunning Bedford Jr., John Dickinson, Richard Bassett, Jacob Broom
Georgia: William Few, Abraham Baldwin
Maryland: James McHenry, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, Daniel Carroll
Massachusetts: Nathaniel Gorham, Rufus King
New Hampshire: John Langdon, Nicholas Gilman
New Jersey: William Livingston, David Brearley, William Paterson, Jonathan Dayton
New York: Alexander Hamilton
North Carolina: William Blount, Richard Dobbs Spaight, Hugh Williamson
Pennsylvania: Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Mifflin, Robert Morris, George Clymer, Thomas FitzSimons, Jared Ingersoll, James Wilson, Gouverneur Morris
South Carolina: John Rutledge, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Pierce Butler
Virginia: George Washington (President and deputy), John Blair, James Madison Jr.