John hancock merchant king and american patriot

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John Hancock: Merchant King and American Patriot by Harlow Giles Unger


Noah Webster was a truly remarkable man; shrewd, passionate, learned and energetic, God-fearing and patriotic. Mr. Unger has done a fine job reintroducing him to a new generation of Americans.-Washington Times

Superb biography. . . . Dont miss this stirring book. -Florence King, The American Spectator
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John Hancock : merchant king and American patriot

Unger has done a fine job reintroducing him to a new generation of Americans. Don't miss this stirring book. He was a rich, powerful aristocrat, a merchant king who loved English culture and fashion, and, above all, he was a loyal British subject with ambitions of a lordship and a grand retirement estate in England. There simply was no doubt about it: John Hancock was the least likely man in Boston to start a rebellion. How, then, did this Tory patrician become one of the staunchest supporters of the American Revolution? John Hancock?

In a biography awash in early American history, Unger celebrates the career of John Hancock, whose life was as large as his legendary signature. A successful .
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Arguably the wealthiest man in the American colonies, he unabashedly reveled in his riches, adoring all the foppish trappings he could buy. But his commitment to individual liberty eventually transformed him into a fervent revolutionary, venerated equally by his establishment peers at Harvard as he was by the rebels - the Minutemen who did the fighting and the Boston street mobs who declared him their hero even as they burned the homes of other aristocrats. To repay their respect, he sacrificed his fortune and risked death by hanging to win independence from the British. A brilliant orator, he combined his wealth and political skills to unite Boston's merchant and working classes into an armed might that forced Britain's vaunted professional army to evacuate Boston, assuring the success of the Revolution. Intertwining Hancock's story with that of the colorful Samuel Adams, his fellow Bostonian and Harvard man who was both comrade in arms and political enemy, Unger etches a finely drawn portrait of one of the Revolutionary War's greatest - and possibly least known - leaders. Read more Rating: not yet rated 0 with reviews - Be the first.

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  1. He rebuilt the city and the magnificent Boston Common after the vicious British devastation, and the people of Massachusetts elected and reelected him their governor for the rest of his life?

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