Independence and Innovation

A 4th of July Message from AZBio

John Trumbull's "Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776" Source:

The 4th of July is almost here.  A day when we celebrate a group of innovators with a deep belief that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…” ( Full text of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776)

Working together, with men and women from all walks of life, they acted on this belief and the result is the country we live in today.

Now, 236 years later, a new generation of innovators here in Arizona focuses on the biosciences to make LIFE better.

Like those early Americans, we are physicians, farmers, scientists, business owners and lawyers.  And like those early leaders we are pioneers in looking for answers and developing solutions that will make life better for our fellow Americans and ultimately for the world.

So, this 4th of July, while we take a break to enjoy the fireworks, a back yard barbecue, or time with family and friends, let’s take a minute to remember those early innovators who put it all on the line for what they believed in so that today we can too.



Occupations of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence




Adams, John

Massachusetts  Lawyer
Adams, Samuel Massachusetts  Merchant
Bartlett, Josiah New Hampshire  Physician
Braxton, Carter Virginia  Plantation Owner
Carroll of Carrollton, Charles Maryland  Merchant/Plantation Owner
Chase, Samuel Maryland  Lawyer
Clark, Abraham New Jersey  Lawyer/Surveyor
Clymer, George Pennsylvania  Merchant
Ellery, William Rhode Island  Lawyer/Merchant
Floyd, William New York  Land Speculator
Franklin, Benjamin Pennsylvania  Scientist/Printer
Gerry, Elbridge Massachusetts  Merchant
Gwinnett, Button Georgia  Merchant/Plantation Owner
Hall, Lyman Georgia  Physician/Minister
Hancock, John Massachusetts  Merchant
Harrison, Benjamin Virginia  Plantation Owner/Farmer
Hart, John New Jersey  Land Owner
Hewes, Joseph North Carolina  Merchant
Heyward Jr., Thomas South Carolina  Lawyer/Plantation Owner
Hooper, William North Carolina  Lawyer
Hopkins, Stephen Rhode Island  Merchant
Hopkinson, Francis New Jersey  Lawyer/Musician
Huntington, Samuel Connecticut  Lawyer
Jefferson, Thomas Virginia  Lawyer/Plantation Owner
Lee, Francis Lightfoot Virginia  Plantation Owner
Lee, Richard Henry Virginia  Plantation Owner/Merchant
Lewis, Francis New York  Merchant
Livingston, Philip New York  Merchant
Lynch Jr., Thomas South Carolina  Lawyer
McKean, Thomas Delaware  Lawyer
Middleton, Arthur South Carolina  Plantation Owner
Morris, Lewis New York  Plantation Owner
Morris, Robert Pennsylvania  Merchant/Land Speculator
Morton, John Pennsylvania  Farmer
Nelson Jr., Thomas Virginia  Merchant/Plantation Owner
Paca, William Maryland  Lawyer/Plantation Owner
Paine, Robert Treat Massachusetts  Lawyer/Scientist
Penn, John North Carolina  Lawyer
Read, George Delaware  Lawyer
Rodney, Caesar Delaware  Plantation Owner/Soldier
Ross, George Pennsylvania  Lawyer
Rush, Benjamin Pennsylvania  Physician
Rutledge, Edward South Carolina  Lawyer/Plantation Owner
Sherman, Roger Connecticut  Lawyer
Smith, James Pennsylvania  Lawyer
Stockton, Richard New Jersey  Lawyer
Stone, Thomas Maryland  Lawyer
Taylor, George Pennsylvania  Merchant
Thornton, Matthew New Hampshire  Physician
Walton, George Georgia  Lawyer
Whipple, William New Hampshire  Merchant
Williams, William Connecticut  Merchant
Wilson, James Pennsylvania  Lawyer
Witherspoon, John New Jersey  Minister
Wolcott, Oliver Connecticut  Lawyer
Wythe, George Virginia





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