Today In History- June 11

Today In History- June 11


Continental Congress appoints leaders to a committee to draft a declaration of independence.

Declaration Committee appointed by Continental Congress.

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

In one of the most important decisions from the Continental Congress, on June 11, 1776, the Congress appointed a committee to draft a declaration of independence.  All members of the Second Continental Congress, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Robert P. Livingston, and Roger Sherman all united to create a draft for the declaration.  Thomas Jefferson was appointed among the group to write the draft, with approval from John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, both experienced statesmen.  The draft was completed by July 2, 1776, though Congress made revisions on the document over the next two days, finally sending it to the printer on July 4.

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