Signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, president of the Second Continental Congress
John Hancock

John Hancock (23 January 1737 [O.S. 12 January 1736] – 8 October 1793) 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.


12 Jan 1737, in Braintree (Quincy), Massachusetts


8 Oct 1793, in Quincy, Massachusetts


John Hancock, by John Vinci, 2 Jan 2004
Colonial Hall
John Hancock, Independence Hall Association


Benjamin Franklin: The Man Who Invented the American Dream, by Jim Powell, The Freeman, Apr 1997
"When time came to sign the Declaration on August 2, John Hancock, President of Congress reportedly remarked: We must be unanimous; there must be no pulling different ways; we must all hang together."
Related Topic: Benjamin Franklin
How Much Do You Know About Liberty? (a quiz), The Freeman, Jun 1996
A 20-question quiz (with answers) on various topics related to liberty in the history of the United States
"Which great American patriot was called the 'Prince of Smugglers'? ... John Hancock (1737-1793), the resourceful Boston merchant who defied British mercantilist restrictions and, with his sloop Liberty, smuggled cloth, hardware, coal, wine, tea, and other contraband. He led protests against British taxes. Hancock was president of the Second Continental Congress, the first elected governor of Massachusetts, and the first to sign the Declaration of Independence."
John Hancock - Hero of the Day, The Daily Objectivist, 2000

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