3. The Signed Copy Isn’t The Original
The original copy from July 4 that went to the printer to be distributed to the states is different from the copy that was signed later on. The copy that was signed is an “engrossed copy,” which means that it was a handwritten copy — most likely by the pen of clerk Timothy Matlack. This is the copy that is widely recognized as the original today.
4. Eight Of The Signers Weren’t Born In America
Gwinnett Button, Robert Morris, Francis Lewis, James Wilson, John Witherspoon, George Taylor, Matthew Thornton, and James Smith were all born in different parts of Great Britain.