John Hancock

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Nobody loved John Hancock, more than John Hancock. He had a huge ego for himself. He inherited a thriving trading business from his uncle. He then met Samuel Adams, and they both went on to play key roles in the struggle to split from British rule. Hancock went on to become the richest man in New England, and the second richest in America. But that wasn't it, he also became a substantial tribute to the parting of America and Britain. He became the president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence.

John Hancock as a Child

John Hancock was born on January 23, 1737 in Braintree, Massachusetts. When Hancock was 7, his father passed away. He then moved in with his uncle who had constructed a thriving trading business which he inherited after his uncle's passing.

John Hancock's reputation

Hancock loved money. He loved to dress in the fanciest, shiniest clothes, so he could stand out among everyone else. He was often criticized for his exorbitance. But he wanted everyone to like him. He loved throwing parties, and was often recognized by the sensational parties that he threw. In the mid-1760's, John Hancock won two consecutive political positions. First managing affairs in Boston and then becoming the Colonial Legislature.

The Fight Against Great Britain.

By entering politics at a time when the Colonies were becoming rather irritated by Great Britain, John Hancock found himself amidst the chaos, and decided to take it a step further. He protested the financial regulations, like the Stamp act and the Townshend act. He requisitioned public protests. Also, to avoid British taxation, he smuggled goods aboard his vessels.

Did you know?

The reason Hancock opposed the financial taxes like the Stamp act and Townshend act was because of his business interests. The more financial taxes there were, the worse business would be.

Sons of Liberty

John Hancock was part of the Sons of Liberty. The Sons of Liberty rebelled against Great Britain and its taxes. They also executed the plan of the Boston Tea Party. When John Hancock became a member of the Sons of Liberty he resorted to less violence and a more political approach.

Danger Ahead

King George despised John Hancock, and expressed his emotions by placing a huge bounty on him. Also, the British had their suspicions that John Hancock was smuggling goods. This led to the seizing of The Liberty (one of John Hancock's vessels). They discovered he wasn't paying the fees for the goods. He was taken to court and forced to pay a fine, until Samuel Adams somehow got him off the hook. Samuel Adams and John Hancock were hunted by British General Thomas Gage. They were warned by Paul Revere that the British were coming on his famous Midnight Ride.

The Declaration Of Independence

In 1774 John Hancock was elected as the President of the Second Continental Congress. On July 4, 1776, John Hancock and the rest of the delegates got ready to sign the Declaration of Independence. This meant that the thirteen American Colonies were free of British rule. John Hancock was the first to sign his name, and left a sizable signature. "There, I guess King George will be able to read that without his spectacles!" John Hancock stated after he wrote his name.

Resigning from the Continental Congress

In 1777 John Hancock was experiencing health issues, therefore, he resigned. In 1778, He started working with the French Navy. There, he led an unsuccessful military campaign to recapture Newport, Rhode Island from the British. In 1780 John Hancock won the election to become Massachusetts first governor.

Nearing the End

On October 8, 1793, John Hancock, the former president of the Continental Congress, passed away. Plenty of people mourned the death, but knew that, if he didn't contribute in the fight against Great Britain, the dreams of Americans being free, might have never come true.

Did you know?

Although John Hancock had many positive qualities he did have one problem that stood out among the rest. Hancock was a smuggler. He would smuggle goods aboard his Vessels so he wouldn't have to pay the fee. But one Pro that stood out among the rest was that he was very generous with his money. He would donate them to people in need, throw parties, give gifts to Massachusetts, and even little deeds, like buy some beer for someone at the bar.

In present time, there is a building in his name. There is also a stone that has his face and name carved into it. Because of Hancock's self-admiration, he would have been proud to know that so many people were inspired by his actions.

Also during this timeline

During this time, people like George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Samuel Adams and, many more. Some of them helped write the Declaration of Independence. Like Thomas Jefferson. Some contributed in the war. Like George Washington.