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William Hooper: North Carolinian committed to the fight for independence

William Hooper represented North Carolina as a signee of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Hooper was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but moved to Wilmington, North Carolina after earning a M.A. in Theology from Harvard University.

Despite being disowned by some of his loyalist family members, Hooper fought for American independence and served on the committee to draft the Declaration of Independence with Thomas Jefferson.

Hooper’s commitment to the struggle for independence helped guarantee the United States’ freedom for years to come. John Penn and Joseph Hewes were the other North Carolina delegates.

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