Jefferson, Adams and Franklin all spent time in Europe during the Age of Enlightenment and their views were much swayed by the works of John Locke and others of that era. Robert Livingston, the delegate for New York, was a true patriot but was recalled by the state before he could sign the Declaration due to a disagreement with the scope and timing of the Declaration. He went on to serve the new nation admirably by swearing in the first president, George Washington, and later by negotiating the Louisiana Purchase while the resident minister in Napoleon’s court . The Connecticut delegate, Roger Sherman, had more desired to take on the roll of soldier, but accepted the responsibilities asked of him by his constituents to represent them in the Congress. He bowed to the much more diplomatic trio of Jefferson, Franklin and Adams to produce the actual document …show more content…
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