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HANCOCK, John, a Delegate from Massachusetts; born in Quincy, Norfolk County,
Mass., January 12, 1737; pursued classical studies; was graduated from Harvard
College in 1754; a selectman of Boston several terms; member of the provincial
legislature 1766-1772; president of the Provincial Congress in 1774; Member of
the Continental Congress 1775-1778 and served as President of the Congress from
May 24, 1775, to October 1777; first signer of the Declaration of Independence;
served as senior major general of Massachusetts Militia during the
Revolutionary War; member of the Massachusetts constitutional convention in
1780; Governor of Massachusetts 1780-1785; was again elected President of the
Continental Congress on November 23, 1785, but resigned May 29, 1786, not
having served on account of illness; again Governor of Massachusetts from 1787
until his death in Quincy, Mass., October 8, 1793; interment in Old Granary
Burying Ground, Boston, Mass.
BibliographyUnger, Harlow G.
John Hancock: Merchant King and American Patriot. New York:
John Wiley & Sons, 2000.