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Lyman Hall - One of America's Founding Fathers

Posted on Monday, October 14, 2019

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Birth: April 12, 1724
Death: October 19, 1790 (Age 66)
Colony: Georgia
Occupation: Physician, Clergy, Statesman
Significance: Signed The Declaration of Independence (Age 52)

Lyman Hall

Lyman Hall was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Originally born in Connecticut, Hall attended Yale College and graduated in 1747. Hall initially worked at pastor, but he also studied medicine. In 1757, Hall moved to South Carolina and began practicing medicine, eventually moving further South to what is now Georgia.  

Georgia was the only colony of the 13 original Colonies to not send delegates to the First Continental Congress. Hall advocated for Georgia to be represented in the Second Continental Congress, and he would eventually be chosen to be that representative. Hall became the first Georgia representative in the Second Continental Congress in 1775. Hall voted for Independence, and he signed The Declaration of Independence on August 2, 1776. After signing The Declaration of Independence, Hall continued to serve in the Congress before he returned to Georgia where he later served as the Governor of Georgia from 1783-1784.  

Lyman Hall in Philadelphia

Hall arrived in Philadelphia for the Second Continental Congress in 1775, and he spent years in Philadelphia while it served as Capital of the United States. While serving as a member of the Second Continental Congress, Hall worked at Independence Hall, and he signed The Declaration of Independence. A plaque commemorating Hall for signing The Declaration of Independence can be found on Signers' Walk on the 600 block of Chestnut Street (between 5th and 6th Streets). 


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