1737 - 1793 (56 years)
Has more than 100 ancestors and 3 descendants in this family tree.
||John Hancock |
|Relationship||with Francis Fox|
||12 Jan 1737
||Braintree, Norfolk, MA
||8 Oct 1793
||Granary Burying Ground, Boston, Massachusetts
||This person is also John Hancock at Wikipedia |
||2 Jul 2002 |
||Dorothy Quincy, b. 1747, d. 3 Feb 1830, Boston, Suffolk, MA, USA (Age 83 years) |
||28 Aug 1775
||2 Jul 2002 |
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- 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 $.
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.
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