3. Matthew Thornton
Represented: New Hampshire
Outside of Signing the Declaration, Best Known For: Serving as surgeon to the New Hampshire militia, writing political essays, presiding over the New Hampshire House of Representatives, drafting the first New Hampshire state constitution
Likes: Microscopes, hygiene, ferryboats
Dislikes: Syphilis, small pox
Fun Fact: He arrived late to the Continental Congress, just barely in time to sign his name.
Kristin and Erin Say: "Surgeon name: Doctor McTreaty"
2. Thomas Jefferson
Outside of Signing the Declaration, Best Known For: Becoming the third President, agreeing to the Louisiana Purchase, founding the University of Virginia, having an affair with one of his slaves, and actually writing the Declaration
Likes: Books, fine wine, architecture, horticulture
Dislikes: Public speaking, the Supreme Court
Fun Fact: He was the first President to shake hands with foreign dignitaries rather than bow to them.
Kristin and Erin Say: "He flirted his way into the rankings . . . plus he has a nice house and an extensive organic garden."
1. Arthur Middleton
Represented: South Carolina
Outside of Signing the Declaration, Best Known For: Leading South Carolina's American Party, lending his name to a WWII navy transport ship, becoming a Revolutionary War P.O.W.
Likes: European music, literature, and art
Fun Fact: His fellow South Carolinans elected him Governor in 1778, but he declined the post.
Kristin and Erin Say: "If you look like him, call me."
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