John Hancock - (1737 - 1793)

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Religion: Congregationalist
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John Hancock Biography

The events leading to the declaration of independence, which have been rapidly passed in review, in the preceding pages, have brought us to the more particular notice of those distinguished men, who signed their names to that instrument, and thus identified themselves with the glory of this American republic.

If the world has seldom witnessed a train of events of a more novel and interesting character, than those which led to the declaration of American independence, it has, perhaps, never seen a body of men, placed in a more difficult and responsible situation, than were the signers of that instrument. And certainly, the world has never witnessed a more brilliant exhibition of political wisdom, or a brighter example of firmness and courage.

The first instant the American colonies gave promise of future importance and respectability, the jealousy of Great Britain was excited, and the counsels of her statesmen were employed to keep them in humble subjection. This was the object,
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John Hancock Genealogy

John Hancock (1702 - 1744)
Mary Hawke Perkins (1711 - 1798)

Dorothy Quincy Scott (1747 - 1830)

Lydia Henchman Hancock (1776 - 1777)
John George Washington Hancock (1778 - 1787)

Mary Hancock Perkins (1735 - 1779)
John Hancock (1737 - 1793)
Ebenezer Hancock (1741 - 1819)
daughter Perkins (1752 - 1752)
son Perkins (1752 - 1752)

John Hancock Tivia

John Hancock was present at the coronation of King George III
John Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence boldly, and centered on the page, so that King George III would not need to use his spectacles to see it
John Hancock was on a business mission for his uncle to England, where he was present at the funeral rites of George II., and the coronation ceremonies of George III
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Events in the life of John Hancock


1737 01/12   Birth of John Hancock
1774 03/05   Boston Massacre Oration - Hancock  [URL]
1793 10/08   Death of John Hancock
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John Hancock | The Lives of the Founding Fathers

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Biography for John Hancock (1737 - 1793)
Biography for John Hancock
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The Articles of Confederation 03-01-1781
The Articles of Confederation, formally the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, was an agreement among the 13 founding states that established the United States of America as a confederation of sovereign states and served as its first constitut
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Boston Massacre Oration 1774/03/05
Oration by John Hancock on the 4th anniversary of the Boston Massacre on March 5th, 1774
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Samuel Adams - Dissident Founding Father

If you had to pick one founding father who was the most dissident, rabble-rousing patriot, it would have to be Samuel Adams. Without him, U.S. citizens would probably still be paying taxes to buy down England's war debts.

Who Signed the Declaration of Independence?

John Hancock got to sign first with his huge signature because he was the President of the Congress. It's commonly believed that John Hancock said, "There, I guess King George will be able to read that!" when he signed, referring to the King's bad vision, but there's no actual proof that he really said that.

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Quotes by John Hancock

Quote 718 details Share on Google+ - Quote 718 Linked In Share Button - Quote 718 There! His Majesty can now read my name without glasses. And he can double the reward on my head!

John Hancock: upon signing the Declaration of Independence 1776

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In circumstances dark as these, it becomes us, as Men and Christians, to reflect that, whilst every prudent Measure should be taken to ward off the impending Judgements....All confidence must be withheld from the Means we use; and reposed only on that GOD who rules in the Armies of Heaven, and without whose Blessing the best human Counsels are but Foolishness--and all created Power Vanity;

"It is the Happiness of his Church that, when the Powers of Earth and Hell combine against it...that the Throne of Grace is of the easiest access--and its Appeal thither is graciously invited by the Father of Mercies, who has assured it, that when his Children ask Bread he will not give them a Stone....

"RESOLVED, That it be, and hereby is recommended to the good People of this Colony of all Denominations, that THURSDAY the Eleventh Day of May next be set apart as a Day of Public Humiliation, Fasting and confess the implore the Forgiveness of all our Transgression...and a blessing on the Husbandry, Manufactures, and other lawful Employments of this People; and especially that the union of the American Colonies in Defense of their Rights (for hitherto we desire to thank Almighty GOD) may be preserved and confirmed....And that AMERICA may soon behold a gracious Interposition of Heaven."

John Hancock: April 15, 1775

Quote 1114 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1114 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1114 The interposition of Divine Providence in our Favour hath been most abundantly and most graciously manifested, and the Citizens of these United States have every Reason for Praise and Gratitude to the God of their Salvation.

John Hancock: issued a Proclamation for a Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer to be celebrated on December 11, 1783
For God and Country (T.K. Marion)

Quote 755 details Share on Google+ - Quote 755 Linked In Share Button - Quote 755 BRAVERY - COURAGE - ... we dread nothing but slavery. Death is the creature of a poltroons brains; tis immortality to sacrifice ourselves for the salvation of our country. We fear not death. That gloomy night, that pal faced moon, and the affrighted starts that hurried through the sky, can witness that we fear not death. Our hearts which, at the recollection, glow with rage that four revolving years have scarcely taught us to restrain, can witness that we fear not death...

John Hancock: Boston Massacre Oration - March 5, 1774
Quoted Document: Boston Massacre Oration

Quote 760 details Share on Google+ - Quote 760 Linked In Share Button - Quote 760 I am a friend to righteous government, to a government founded upon the principles of reason and justice; but I glory in publicly avowing my eternal enmity to tyranny. Is the present system, which the British administration have adopted for the government of the colonies, a righteous government - or is it tyranny?

John Hancock: Boston Massacre Oration - March 5, 1774
Quoted Document: Boston Massacre Oration

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