Who were the oldest and the youngest people to sign the Declaration of Independence?

John Trumbull's painting, Declaration of Independence, depicting the five-man drafting committee of the presenting their work to the Congress. The painting can be found on the back of the U.S. $2 bill. The original hangs in the US Capitol rotunda.

John Trumbull's painting, Declaration of Independence, depicting the five-man drafting committee of the presenting their work to the Congress. The painting can be found on the back of the U.S. $2 bill. The original hangs in the US Capitol rotunda.

 

Answer: Benjamin Franklin (70) & Edward Rutledge (26)

History - The oldest signer was Benjamin Franklin, 70 years old when he scrawled his name on the parchment. The youngest was Edward Rutledge, a lawyer from South Carolina who was only 26 at the time. Rutledge narrowly beat out fellow South Carolinian Thomas Lynch Jr., just four months his senior, for the title.

 

 
 

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