The Quiz: Who is considered the principal “author” of the Declaration of Independence?
In 1775, with the American Revolutionary War underway, Thomas Jefferson was selected as a delegate to the Second Continental Congress. Although not known as a great public speaker, he was a gifted writer and at age 33, was asked to draft the Declaration of Independence. Before he began writing, Jefferson discussed the document’s contents with a five-member drafting committee that also included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston. The Declaration of Independence, which explained why the 13 colonies wanted to be free of British rule, also detailed the importance of individual rights and freedoms.
The correct answer to this quiz is Thomas Jefferson.