LYNCH, THOMAS. 1749-1779.
Clipped Signature ("Thomas Lynch Jun."), 7/8 by 4 3/8 inches, n.p., n.d., clipped from a larger document, text on verso in an unknown hand, light creasing, otherwise fine.
The son of a wealthy South Carolina planter, Thomas Lynch, Jr. was educated in England before returning to the colonies in 1772 to pursue a career in public life. He was commissioned as a company commander of a South Carolina regiment in 1775, and soon after was elected to the Continental Congress, where he signed the Declaration of Independence. He fell ill in 1776, retired from Congress, and a few years later was lost at sea during a voyage to the West Indies. His signature is one of the rarest of all the Signers of the Declaration.