1776 - Declaration of Independance
America's birth certificate
The Declaration of Independence of 1776 has been called the birth certificate of the United States. Three of its 56 signatories as well as the man who produced the first printed version had been born in Ulster. A number of others had Ulster connections, notably Thomas McKean, whose father was from the Ballymoney area of County Antrim.
Printer of the Declaration
The Declaration of Independence was printed in Philadelphia by John Dunlap from Strabane, County Tyrone. As a boy, he was sent to Pennsylvania to work as an apprentice printer to his uncle, and later took over the business. Dunlap founded the Pennsylvania Packet in 1771, which later became the first daily newspaper of note in America. A very wealthy man, he owned nearly 100,000 acres in several states.