Roger Sherman

Roger Sherman (1721-93) was the only man to sign all 4 of America's founding documents. He signed the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, the Articles of Association, and the Articles of Confederation. He was one of the five men selected as a committee to write and present the Declaration of Independence.

His Christianity was made evident in statements made by him such as the following: "I believe that there is only one living and true God - - - That the scriptures of the old and new testaments are a revelation from God and a complete rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy Him."1 Roger was a member of the Congregationalist church.2

Roger Sherman seconded the motion by Benjamin Franklin to start each session of Congress with prayer.3 That took place in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia during the 4 months that the U.S. Constitution was being written. Roger was one of the most visible figures at that convention speaking 138 times.

At 70 years old, he was elected as U.S. Senator from Connecticut in 1791 and served the people of his state faithfully for the next 2 years until his death.

Roger Sherman openly challenged his countrymen in a sermon that was published: "Let us live no more to ourselves, but to Him who loved us, and gave Himself to die for us".4

Roger Sherman is yet another contadiction to the accusation that our Founding Fathers were atheists, deists, and agnostics! This man who helped write the Declaration of Independence; This solitary signer of America's 4 founding documents; This stalwart patriot, Roger Sherman, was a believer in the Bible and his Lord, Jesus Christ!

1 Lewis Henry Boutell, The Life of Roger Sherman (Chicago: A.C. McClurg and Co., 1896), pp. 272-273
David Barton, Original Intent (Aledo, TX: Wallbuilders, 2000) Ch. 6 p. 138

2 M.E. Bradford, A Worthy Company (Marlborough, NH, Plymouth Rock Foundation, 1982) p. 29

3 James Madison, The Papers of James Madison, Henry D. Gilpin, editor (Washington: Langtree & O'Sullivan, 1840) Vol. II, p. 986, June 28, 1787
David Barton, Original Intent (Aledo, TX: Wallbuilders, 2000) p. 111

4 M.E. Bradford, A Worthy Company (Marlborough, NH, Plymouth Rock Foundation, 1982) p. 29