Do You Know?
Signature on the Declaration of Independence
...that Joseph Hewes (January 23,
1730 – November 10, 1779) was a native of Princeton, New Jersey, where
he was born in 1730?
Hewes’s parents were part of
the Quaker Society of Friends.
Immediately after their marriage they moved to
New Jersey, which became Joseph Hewes’s
Hewes was formally educated at
Princeton and after college he became an apprentice of a merchant.
After finishing his apprenticeship he earned
himself a good name and a strong reputation, which would serve him
well in becoming one of the most famous signers of the
Declaration of Independence for North Carolina, along
with William Hooper and John Penn.
After a few years as a successful
merchant, he became very wealthy.
Hewes moved to Edenton, North
Carolina at the age of 30 and won over the people of the state
with his charm and honorable businesslike character.
Hewes was elected to the North
Carolina legislature in 1763, only three years after he moved to
Second to the delegates of Massachusetts,
Hewes was a pioneer of independence who
influenced his state to be more rebellious during the years
leading up to the revolution.
After being re-elected numerous times in the
legislature, Hewes was now focused on a new and
more ambitious job as a continental congressman.