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


John Hancock - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"John Hancock (January 12, 1737 (O.S.) - October 8, 1793 (N.S.)) was President of the Second Continental Congress and of the Congress of the Confederation; first Governor of Massachusetts; and the first person to sign the United States Declaration of Independence. According to legend, he signed his name largely and clearly to be sure King George III could read it without his spectacles, causing his name to become an eponym for "signature". However, other examples show that Hancock always wrote his signature this way. ..."


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."
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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