Governor John Hancock, III

Governor John Hancock, III

Male 1737 - 1793  (56 years)    Has more than 100 ancestors and 3 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name John Hancock 
    Prefix Governor 
    Suffix III 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 12 Jan 1737  Braintree, Norfolk, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 Oct 1793  Quincy, Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Granary Burying Ground, Boston, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I235936  Geneagraphie
    Links To This person is also John Hancock at Wikipedia 
    Last Modified 2 Jul 2002 

    Father Rev. John Hancock,   b. 1 Jun 1702,   d. 7 May 1744, Braintree, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Mother Mary Hawke,   b. 13 Oct 1711,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 12 Dec 1733 
    Siblings 1 sibling 
    Family ID F94474  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Dorothy Quincy,   b. 1747,   d. 3 Feb 1830, Boston, Suffolk, MA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 28 Aug 1775  Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Lydia Hancock,   b. 1776,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. John George W. Hancock,   b. Abt 1777,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Nancy Hancock,   b. 17 Feb 1783,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 2 Jul 2002 
    Family ID F94523  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Signing of the Declaration of Independence.
    Signing of the Declaration of Independence.
    Painting by John Trumbull (1756-1843) photographed by Theodor Horydczak ca.1920-1950.
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  • Notes 
    • inherited the most profitable Boston merchant house when he was just 27. He was not a particularly successful business man in his own right and many of his grand schemes, such as the constitution of a monopoly in whale oil, failed. The introduction of the Stamp Act in 1765 was just the last of many restrictions the British put on their American colonies. It hurt New England's merchants as much as Virginia's planters and precipitated the events which led to the Independence war. John Hancock's difficulties with the British custom commissioners led him into the Independence movement and to one of its leaders, Samuel Adams. John Hancock became president of the Provincial Congress and later of the Continental Congress too. He is best remembered for his oversized signature on the Declaration of Independence. Despite relatively little mercantile success, (his inherited firm went out of business in 1775), John Hancock was still a wealthy man when he died, with an estate then estimated at 350'000 $.
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      First signer of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 ,
      Any person who signed that document was guilty of treason with the British government, and he signed it with very large handwriting and a flourish. His finances helped greatly in supporting the Revolution.
      president of the Continental Congress,
      Firts governor of Massachusetts from 1780-1793.
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      a Delegate from Massachusetts; pursued classical studies; was graduated from Harvard College in 1754; a selectman of Boston several terms; member of the provincial legislature 1766-1772; president of the Provincial Congress in 1774; Member of the Continental Congress 1775-1778 and served as President of the Congress from May 24, 1775, to October 1777; first signer of the Declaration of Independence; served as senior major general of Massachusetts Militia during the Revolutionary War; member of the Massachusetts constitutional convention in 1780; Governor of Massachusetts 1780-1785; was again elected President of the Continental Congress on November 23, 1785, but resigned May 29, 1786, not having served on account of illness; again Governor of Massachusetts from 1787 until his death


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