John Hancock was an American 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" has become a synonym in the United States for one's signature. Before the American Revolution, Hancock was one of the wealthiest men in the Thirteen Colonies, having inherited a profitable mercantile business from his uncle. He began his political career in Boston as a protégé of Samuel Adams, an influential local politician, though the two men later became estranged. Hancock used his wealth to support the colonial cause as tensions increased between colonists and Great Britain in the 1760s.
|Born:||January 23, 1737, Braintree (now Quincy), Province of Massachusetts Bay|
|Died:||October 8, 1793, Hancock Manor, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Resting place:||Granary Burying Ground, Boston|
|Alma mater:||Harvard University|
|Net worth:||at the time of his death (approximately 1/714th of US GNP)|
|Preceded by:||James Bowdoin|
|Succeeded by:||Samuel Adams|
About John Hancock
Founding Father and prominent Patriot of the American Revolution who was the first and third Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He was also President of the Continental Congress, the governing body of the United States during the American Revolution.
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.
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.
When he was young, he became friends with John Adams, whose father baptized him.
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- United States Declaration of Independence - The United States Declaration of Independence is the pronouncement adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting at the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 4, 1776.
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