How many people signed the Declaration of Independence?
- 56:56 men signed the Declaration of Independence. The first and most famous signature on the engrossed copy was that of John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress. Hancock’s large, flamboyant signature became iconic, and John Hancock emerged in the United States as an informal synonym for “signature.” 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.
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