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Q&A: Founding Father with Cerebral Palsy

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Q: Which of our Founding Fathers had cerebral palsy?

A: Stephen Hopkins

Stephen Hopkins was a governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, a Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Hopkins, who had cerebral palsy, signed the Declaration of Independence while holding his right hand with his left, saying, “My hand trembles, but my heart does not.”

Stephen Hopkins (drawing and signature)

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