Declaration of Independence
What is it?
The Committee Of Five
- Thomas Jefferson
- John Adams
- Benjamin Franklin
- Roger Sherman
- Robert R. Livingston
Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration in the Graff house, a location outside of the hustle and bustle of the city of Philadelphia where he could concentrate. When he completed his final draft, the rest of the committee met and edited the Declaration. They reduced the document by a fourth of what it had originally been, and it is common knowledge that Jefferson was not pleased with the changes.
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