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The Bush Declaration of 1775



The Bush Declaration was the first Declaration of Independence made by any representative body in America, signed at Bush, Harford County, Maryland, on March 22, 1775.

"We the Committee of Harford County, having most seriously and maturely considered the Resolves and Association of the Continental Congress, and the Resolves of the Provincial Convention, do most heartily approve of the same, and as we esteem ourselves in a more particular manner intrusted by our constituents to see them carried into execution, we do most solemnly pledge ourselves to each other, and to our Country, and engage ourselves by every tie held sacred among mankind to perform the same at the risque of our lives and fortunes."

from "Our Harford Heritage" by C. Milton Wright, 1967.

see  image of original handwritten document

Here is a list of the Bush Declaration signers, copied from a book compiled

by Henry C. Peden, Jr., of Patriotic Harford Countians

Aquila Hall

Josias Curvil Hall

George Patterson

William Morgan

Francis Holland

Samuel Caldwell

Aquila Paca

James Lytle

Aquila Hall, Jr.

Robert Morgan

Robert Lemmon

Thomas Brice

John Patrick

Daniel Scott

Benjamin Bradford Norris

James Harris

Edward Prall

Thomas Johnson

Alexander Rigdon

Edward Ward

Abraham Whitaker

Charles Anderson

William Fisher, Jr.

Richard Dallam

John Durham

James McComas

William Bradford

William Smithson

John Donahuy

Greenberry Dorsey

John Archer

W. Smithe

William Webb

John Taylor


Linked toHall, Col. Aquila; Hall, Aquila; Hall, Dr. Josias Carville; Little, James; Patterson, George
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