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John Hancock January 23, [ O. January 12, ] — October 8, 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. Hancock used his wealth to support the colonial cause as tensions increased between colonists and Great Britain in the s. He became very popular in Massachusetts , especially after British officials seized his sloop Liberty in and charged him with smuggling.
American Revolution leader John Hancock was a signer of the Declaration of Independence in and a governor of Massachusetts. The colonial Massachusetts native was raised by his uncle, a wealthy Boston merchant. When his uncle died, Hancock inherited his lucrative shipping business. In the mids, as the British government began imposing regulatory measures to assert greater authority over its American colonies, anti-British sentiment and unrest grew among the colonists. Hancock used his wealth and influence to aid the movement for American independence. He was president of the Second Continental Congress from to , when the Declaration of Independence was adopted and the United States was born.
John Hancock is perhaps best known for his signature on the Declaration of Independence. Examine this 19th-century painting, from the Mount Vernon collections, that depicts Thomas Jefferson handing a draft of the Declaration to Hancock, who was then president of Congress. As the son and grandson of ministers, John Hancock was destined for the ministry. His life took an abrupt change, however, when his father died. He along with his mother, brother and sister went to live with his grandparents in Lexington, Massachusetts.
10 fascinating facts about John Hancock
John Hancock and his signature are two of the best-known elements related to the Declaration of Independence. But how much do you know about the former president of the Continental Congress? On May 24, , Hancock was named as the presiding officer over the Second Continental Congress, which was meeting in Philadelphia to discuss the military threat posed by the British. A little more than a year later, Hancock was the first to sign the document declaring independence. Hancock was a wealthy guy.
Declaration of Independence. After graduating from Harvard , Hancock entered a mercantile house in Boston owned by his uncle Thomas Hancock, who later left him a large fortune. In he became a selectman of Boston and from to was a member of the Massachusetts General Court. He was chairman of the Boston town committee formed immediately after the Boston Massacre in to demand the removal of British troops from the city. In and Hancock was president of the first and second provincial congresses, and he shared with Samuel Adams the leadership of the Massachusetts Patriots. Hancock was a member of the Continental Congress from to ; he served as its president from May to October He hoped to become commander in chief of the Continental Army, but George Washington was selected instead.