View Full Version : Huckabee doesn't know history

10-21-2007, 06:36 PM
Huckabee said tonight that a majority of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were clergymen. He is dead wrong.

Eighteen of the signers were merchants or businessmen, 14 were farmers, and four were doctors. Forty-two signers had served in their colonial legislatures. Twenty-two were lawyers -- although William Hooper of North Carolina was "disbarred" when he spoke out against the Crown -- and nine were judges. Stephen Hopkins had been Governor of Rhode Island.

Although two others had been clergy previously, John Witherspoon of New Jersey was the only active clergyman to attend -- he wore his pontificals to the sessions. Almost all were Protestant Christians; Charles Carroll of Maryland was the only Roman Catholic signer.