Did John Dickinson Sign The Declaration of Independence?

No, John Dickinson didn’t sign the Declaration of Independence.

Even though, John Dickinson was one of the founding fathers of the United States of America; but he feared signing the Declaration of Independence.

Did John Dickinson Sign The Declaration of Independence
Was John Dickinson A Loyalist Or Not

But what was the reason for this fear?

The reason was, including him, some other delegates feared that the independence of America from the Empire of Great Britain would provoke other European imperial powers to invade their land.

Because the European powers always looked at America with their greedy eyes.

On the other hand, to protect their own self, their military side was not stronger yet.

Therefore, he tried so hard to stop the secessionist actions of Congress from Great Britain.

He and some other delegates tried American Congress to come to a settlement with the English authority.

However, it didn’t mean that Dickinson was a loyalist or he loved British rule in the 13 colonies.

He tried it all, only for the security of the American people. 

Did John Dickinson Sign The Declaration of Independence

Did Dickinson Succeded In His Attempt To Negotiate With British Authority?

No, Dickinson and his associates got no success in their attempts to negotiate with the British authority.

Other delegates, such as John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, respected their thinkings towards the 13 colonies’ security.

But they were on a full opposite side of Dickinson. Actually, they supported the full independence of the 13 colonies.

To assure John Dickinson and other associates of him, they also tried to negotiate with the English authority and King George III by sending the Olive Branch Petition.

But it made no effect.

Contrary British King George III refused to read and accept the proposal (the Olive Branch Petition).

As a result, it caused a complete failure of the negotiation attempt from the congress’ side.


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