John Hancock was an American Founding Father, merchant, statesman, and prominent Patriot of the American Revolution. He served as president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first and third Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is remembered for his large and stylish signature on the United States Declaration of Independence, so much so that the term John Hancock or Hancock has become a nickname in the United States for one's signature. He also signed the Articles of Confederation, and used his influence to ensure that Massachusetts ratified the United States Constitution in 1788.
|1st and 3rd Governor of Massachusetts|
May 30, 1787 – October 8, 1793
|Preceded by||James Bowdoin|
|Succeeded by||Samuel Adams|
October 25, 1780 – January 29, 1785
|Preceded by||Office established|
(partly Thomas Gage as colonial governor)
|Succeeded by||James Bowdoin|
|4th and 13th President of the Continental Congress|
November 23, 1785 – June 5, 1786
|Preceded by||Richard Henry Lee|
|Succeeded by||Nathaniel Gorham|
May 24, 1775 – October 31, 1777
|Preceded by||Peyton Randolph|
|Succeeded by||Henry Laurens|
|1st President of Massachusetts Provincial Congress|
October 7, 1774 – May 2, 1775
|Preceded by||Office established|
|Succeeded by||Joseph Warren|
|Born||January 23, 1737|
Braintree, Province of Massachusetts Bay, British America (now Quincy)
|Died||October 8, 1793 (aged 56)|
Hancock Manor, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Resting place||Granary Burying Ground, Boston|
|Children||Lydia Henchman Hancock (1776–1777)|
John George Washington Hancock (1778–1787)
|Relatives||Quincy political family|
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
John Hancock was a rich businessman and statesman who was the first signatory to the United States Declaration of Independence. He was one of the most prominent leaders in the American Revolution, and he even donated his own money to the cause. He was orphaned at a young age and adopted by a wealthy childless relative, who eventually handed on his large business to Hancock. The young merchant met Samuel Adams, a powerful politician whose patriotism piqued his interest in politics. When the British government issued the Stamp Act, imposing a levy on the British American colonies, provoking outrage among the colonists, he got actively involved in politics. The British policies were not only anti-patriotic, but they also created various barriers to corporate transactions. His friendship with Samuel Adams helped him gain election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Later, he was elected to the Provincial Congress and served on the Safety Committee. Because of his experience and high social rank, he was chosen president of the Continental Congress, and as a result of his position, he was the first to sign the United States Declaration of Independence. His signature on the paper was huge and attractive, and he is famous for it.
His parents were Reverend John Hancock of Braintree and Mary Hawke Thaxter. He was married to Dorothy Quincy from 1775 until his death in 1793.
He inherited a highly successful business from his uncle who was more like a father to him.
His name is now a synonym for a signature because of his large and stylish signature on the United States Declaration of Independence.
When he was young, he became friends with John Adams , whose father baptized him.
● John Hancock was born on January 23, 1737 (age 56) in Braintree, Massachusetts, United States ● He is a celebrity politician ● He attended Harvard University (1754), Boston Latin School (1750)● He died on October 8, 1793, Hancock Manor● He had 2 children Lydia Henchman Hancock, John George Washington Hancock● His spouse is Dorothy Quincy (m. 1775–1793)● John Hancock has 7 siblings in His family: Eva J. Hancock, George Hancock, Mary Hancock, William Hancock, David Thaxter, Ebenezer Hancock, Lucy Hancock
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