Eight signers of the Declaration of Independence could claim Irish roots, including three born in Ireland. James Smith was born in Ulster in 1719 and died in the U.S. in 1806. He was a lawyer and a member of the Continental Congress from 1776-1778. Matthew Thornton was born in Ireland 1714. He was a member of the Continental Congress in 1776 and a colonel in the New Hampshire Militia. George Taylor was born in Ireland in 1716. He operated an iron manufacturing business in Pennsylvania and was a member of the Continental Congress from 1776 to 1777. Other signers of Irish ancestry included George Read of Delaware, Charles Carroll of Maryland, Thomas Lynch, Jr. of South Carolina, Thomas McKean of Pennsylvania, and Edward Rutledge of South Carolina.