Today's post concerns the First State and the southernmost colony.
- George Read (1733-1798), a lawyer initially voted against the resolution on independence as proposed by Richard Henry Lee, but later joined with the majority in signing the Declaration. In 1776, Read returned home to Delaware to chair the new state's Constitutional Convention. In 1777 he became the emergency governor and led the state through the Revolution. The final office he held before his death was Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court.
- Caesar Rodney (1728-1784), had no formal education, but served as a clerk in Delaware which exposed him to politics. An ardent patriot, Rodney was a strong voice for independence. Following the signing of the Declaration, Rodney returned home to serve as President of the State of Delaware and also served as a commander in the Delaware militia. He suffered a number of physical ailments and was never in good health. He died while serving as Speaker of the Delaware Assembly.
- Thomas McKean (1734-1817), served multiple states and jurisdictions over the course of a long political career. Among many roles, McKeon served as Governor of Pennsylvania, President of Delaware, and was a Colonel in the New Jersey militia. At Declaration, you can order the "Thomas McKeon," a pizza with ricotta, parmesan, fresh mozzarella, sausage, idiazabal cheese, brussels sprouts.
- Button Gwinnett (1735-1777), an ardent revolutionary, Gwinnett represented Georgia but had political enemies at home. Hoping to head Georgia's militia following his signing of the Declaration, the position instead went to his political rival. Gwinnett challenged the man to a duel and Gwinnett was shot and died three days later at the age of 42.
- Lyman Hall (1724-1790), Dr. Lyman Hall came to the Continental Congress initially undecided on independence. He was for it, but the residents of Georgia weren't so sure. He ultimately signed the document and paid for it when the British burned his home in Georgia and he was forced to flee to South Carolina and later Connecticut. At Declaration, the Lyman Hall pizza features roasted celery, carrot, onions, oven roasted amish chicken, mushrooms.
- George Walton (1741-1804), Walton was also a devout patriot in Georgia, and was closely aligned with Gwinnett. After signing the Declaration, he returned to Georgia, serving in the Georgia militia. He later served as Governor and Chief Justice in the Peach State.