Fifty-six men signed the Declaration of Independence, and they went to war.  Five were captured, tortured, and executed by the Brits.  Nine others died during the war, some because they were wounded, some because of the terrible circumstances in which they found themselves.

Have a look at this good essay on the fifty-six revolutionaries who gave birth to the modern world.  They gave us our freedom, and many of them participated in the Constitutional Convention more than a decade later, thereby giving us a republic we are still  fighting to preserve.

Exceptional, indeed.  Somebody tell the president.