• Thomas Jefferson Memorial evening shot

    Thomas Jefferson

    Memorial District of Columbia

The Declaration Committee

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Franklin, Adams, Jefferson, Sherman, and Livingston

NPS PHOTO

Thomas Jefferson was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence document, but did you know that there were four other Continental Congress members who assisted him? John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Robert Livingston of New York, and Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania all served with Jefferson on the Declaration Committee that was charged with putting colonial grievances into words. The resulting document charted the course for American Independence and helped to create the United States of America. These five men are immortalized in the sculptural bas relief found within the pediment of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. For more about the topic of indepedence, click here.