12 Facts About Lyman Hall


Lyman Hall was an American Founding Father, physician, clergyman, and statesman who signed the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of Georgia.


Lyman Hall was one of four physicians to sign the Declaration, along with Benjamin Rush, Josiah Bartlett, and Matthew Thornton.


Lyman Hall was the son of John Hall, a minister, and Mary Hall.


Lyman Hall studied with his uncle Samuel Hall and graduated from Yale College in 1747, a tradition in his family.


Lyman Hall migrated to South Carolina and established himself as a physician at Dorchester, South Carolina, near Charleston, a community settled by Congregationalist migrants from Dorchester, Massachusetts, decades earlier.


Lyman Hall soon became one of the leading citizens of the newly founded town of Sunbury.


Lyman Hall was delegated and was admitted to a seat in the Congress in 1775.

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Lyman Hall was one of the three Georgians and one of four doctors to sign the Declaration of Independence.


Lyman Hall's family fled to the North, where they remained until the British evacuation in 1782.


Lyman Hall's efforts led to the chartering of the University of Georgia in 1785.


Lyman Hall is memorialized in Georgia where Hall County, Georgia, bears his name; and in Connecticut, his native state, where the town of Wallingford honored him by naming a high school after its distinguished native son.


Lyman Hall's remains were re-interred there in 1848 after being exhumed from his original grave on his plantation in Burke County.