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Copies Of US Declaration Of Independence To Appear In Embassies Abroad

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Philanthropist David Rubenstein has lent a historic copy of the Declaration of Independence to the U.S. State Department and will have it reproduced to be shown in every U.S. embassy. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Philanthropist David Rubenstein has lent a historic copy of the Declaration of Independence to the U.S. State Department and will have it reproduced to be shown in every U.S. embassy. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Philanthropist David Rubenstein has lent a historic copy of the Declaration of Independence to the U.S. State Department and will have it reproduced to be shown in every U.S. embassy.

The Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies announced Tuesday that Rubenstein is donating funds for the project.

In 1820, Secretary of State John Quincy Adams was worried about the deteriorating condition of the original Declaration of Independence drafted by Thomas Jefferson. Adams commissioned engraver William J. Stone to reproduce the document.

The original was wetted and pressed against a manuscript until ink was transferred. Then a copper plate was etched to copy the document on a press.

Rubenstein acquired one of the 200 copies made. He says he wanted to share the national symbol with embassies around the world.

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