John Hancock

By: Kate Domogalla

Family

  • Dorothy Quincy Wife
  • John Hancock Jr. was his son
  • John George Washington Hancock
  • Lydia Henchamn Hancock

Life

Born January 23, 1737

Died October 8 1793

Was an American merchant, smuggler, 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

His Part in Boston Tea Party

John Hancock did not directly participate in the Boston tea party. But he stood to lose the most from the East India Company imports of English tea to Boston. On the other hand Samuel Adams who led the Mohawks aboard the British ships was so close to John Hancock that Bostonians even joked that "Sam Adams writes the letters [to newspapers] and John Hancock pays the postage". You do the math.