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Portrait of John Hancock.

John Hancock was a Founder, and served as a President of the Second Continental Congress.

John Hancock

January 23, 1737–October 8, 1793

Quick Facts About John Hancock

Born January 12, 1737, Braintree (Quincy), Masachusetts

Orphaned as a child and adopted by his wealthy uncle, Thomas Hancock

Graduated from Harvard College in 1754

Upon the death of his uncle in 1764, he reportedly became the richest person in Massachusetts

Elected to the Boston Assembly, 1766

Publicly condemned the Boston Massacre in a speech presented at the funeral of slain Bostonians in 1770

British order to arrest Hancock and Sam Adams resulted in the Battle of Lexington in 1775

Delegate from Massachusetts to the Continental Congress from 1775 to 1780

Served as President of the Second Continental Congress from May 25, 1775 to October 1777

First signer of the Declaration of Independence

Governor of Massachusetts from 1780 to 1785

Delegate from Massachusetts to the Confederation Congress from 1785 until 1786

Governor of Massachusetts from 1787 to 1793

Served as president of the Massachusetts state convention to ratify the U.S. in 1788

Died October 8, 1793, Quincy, Massachusetts

Buried in the Old Granary Burying Ground in Boston, Massachusetts

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  • Article Title John Hancock
  • Coverage January 23, 1737–October 8, 1793
  • Author
  • Keywords john hancock
  • Website Name American History Central
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  • Access Date January 18, 2019
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update November 18, 2018