Lynch, Jr., Thomas

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Comment by John Herald on April 19th, 2022 at 11:13 am

Thomas Lynch, Jr. was a member of the Second Continental Congress. The First dissolved at the end of October 1774 when it agreed to meet as the Second in 1775. It was the Second Continental Congress that approved the Declaration in 1776. By then Thomas Lynch, Sr. had suffered a stroke and was replaced by his son as a delegate from South Carolina.

Comment by Jennifer Tanabe on April 19th, 2022 at 11:36 am

Thank you, John, for your comment.
In fact, both father and son served in the Second Continental Congress. Lynch Jr. having been elected as an additional delegate given his father’s ill health.
Indeed, as stated in the article, “The elder Lynch suffered a stroke that prevented him from signing, but his son, who was suffering from the effects of bilious fever was able to vote for and sign the Declaration.”

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