Declaration signers being honored

Posted July 04, 2011, at 8:06 p.m.

 

CONCORD, N.H. — Some signers of the Declaration of Independence are world-famous. Some need a good agent.  

A group made up of their descendants is working to keep all 56 names alive, placing small bronze plaques at gravesites or homes to recognize their place in American history.  

The Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence have been around for 104 years. The nonprofit group has more than 1,000 members who are direct descendants of the signers.  

Plans are to honor 12 of the Founding Fathers with the plaques this year, including William Whipple of Portsmouth, N.H. He was a merchant and Revolutionary War general.  

Whipple had no direct descendants and is buried in a city-owned cemetery. The City Council recently approved the request.

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