On June 11, 1776, Continental Congress selected Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston to draft an official statement justifying the break with America and Great Britain. The statement will later be known as the Declaration of Independence. These five men or “Committee of Five” as they were called came together and began working on the Declaration of Independence. The men all agreed that Thomas Jefferson should write most of it since he was known for being an expressive speaker. Jefferson wrote a draft of the Declaration of Independence and gave it to Congress on July 1, 1776. For next three days, Congress revised about one-fifth of the text but did not takeout Jefferson’s words. Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.