George Taylor, Signer of the Declaration of Independence
This historical marker commemorates the life of George Taylor, one of 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence.
George Taylor was an indentured servant who became an influential colonist in Pennsylvania.
Backstory and Context
Taylor was an early advocate of separation from England and secured a contract with Pennsylvania's militia for cannon balls even prior to the meetings of colonial leaders that culminated in the Declaration of Independence. Given his support of the movement, his membership in the colonial assembly, and his appointment as an officer in the Pennsylvania militia, Taylor was a natural choice to replace loyalist appointees to the Continental Congress following their forced resignations in July 1776. Appointed to represent Pennsylvania in the Continental Congress on July 20, 1776, Taylor signed his name to the Declaration of Independence on August 2, 1776.