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Thinking about our Independence

Posted by Complete Payroll | Jul 4, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Happy Independence Day, America! It doesn't have much to do with payroll or HR or labor law compliance, but the Declaration of Independence is pretty cool, so we're going to take a look at that today.

Stop and think for a second

Stop and think for a second what it might have felt like sitting in a room with 55 of your closest friends - barely enough to field a professional football team - deciding whether or not you were going to sign your name on that paper.

Of course, it was a lot more than ink and pen. It was 56 guys in a small room telling the world's most powerful empire to go pound salt. Would you have the chutzpah to do that? As much as I'd like to think I would, I'm not so sure.

You can read the full document here.

The signers

Now that we've established how much courage it would have demanded to sign the Declaration of Independence, let's take a minute to honor those men who took the first step to make our country's freedom possible.


  • George Reed
  • Caesar Rodney
  • Thomas McKean


  • George Clymer
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Robert Morris
  • John Morton
  • Benjamin Rush
  • George Ross
  • James Smith
  • James Wilson
  • George Taylor


  • John Adams
  • Samuel Adams
  • John Hancock
  • Robert Treat Paine
  • Elbridge Gerry

New Hampshire

  • Josiah Bartlett
  • William Whipple
  • Matthew Thornton

Rhode Island

  • Stephen Hopkins
  • William Ellery

New York

  • Lewis Morris
  • Philip Livingston
  • Francis Lewis
  • William Floyd


  • Button Gwinnett
  • Lyman Hall
  • George Walton


  • Richard Henry Lee
  • Francis Lightfoot Lee
  • Carter Braxton
  • Benjamin Harrison
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • George Wythe
  • Thomas Nelson, Jr.

North Carolina

  • William Hooper
  • John Penn
  • Joseph Hewes

South Carolina

  • Edward Rutledge
  • Arthur Middleton
  • Thomas Lynch, Jr.
  • Thomas Heyward, Jr.

New Jersey

  • Abraham Clark
  • John Hart
  • Francis Hopkinson
  • Richard Stockton
  • John Witherspoon


  • Samuel Huntington
  • Roger Sherman
  • William Williams
  • Oliver Wolcott


  • Charles Carroll
  • Samuel Chase
  • Thomas Stone
  • William Paca

Thank you

We'd like to say thank you to the men who declared our independence and paved the way for lasting freedom for the United States of America. We'd like to thank all those who have helped improve, shape and preserve our country. And, since this is a time for reflection and thanks, we also want to thank all the employees, clients, partners and friends that make our country (Payroll Country) such a beautiful place to be.

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