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

John Hancock was a Founder and the first to sign the Declaration of Independence.

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John Hancock was a Founding Father, President of the Second Continental Congress, first signer of the Declaration of Independence, and nine-time Governor of Massachusetts. Despite being one of the wealthiest men in the colonies, Hancock risked his life and fortune for the cause of American liberty.

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  • Article Title John Hancock
  • Coverage January 23, 1737–October 8, 1793
  • Author
  • Keywords john hancock
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date March 7, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update October 19, 2020