Woburn and the Declaration of Independence

Shortly after the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, a copy made its way to Woburn where Town Clerk James Fowle transcribed the document into the town records. After 243 years, the book remains secure in the city’s vault. Below are images of the three pages of the Declaration of Independence as they appear in the town records. You will also see the facsimile signature of “John Hancock” although not quite so flamboyant as the original.



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