Dec. Signer William Hooper Rectifies Animal Cruelty Unusual
Declaration of Independence Signer William Hooper Autograph Document Signed "Will Hooper". One page, 7.25" x 12", Salisbury, North Carolina, September 5, 1770. Toned throughout, with some age spots. Flattened folds with some tears in the smoothed creases. Almost entirely separated across the horizontal fold. Pencil notation on verso from a previous dealer. A court document concerning the destruction of property of one John Osborn, including the death of a dog.
Prior to the Revolutionary War, William Hooper was a well-respected North Carolina attorney, often representing the colonial government. One year after his involvement in this case, he was appointed Salisbury District's deputy attorney. Though he was slow to join the revolution against Great Britain, once he did he quickly took a leadership role. In 1774 he was appointed to represent North Carolina in the First, and then later the Second, Continental Congress. Although he lingered in North Carolina too long to vote for the Declaration of Independence in July 1776, he did arrive in time to sign it in early August.
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