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John Hancock
Early Life

Born on January 23, 1737 in Braintree, Mass.
Comfortable early life.
Sent to live with his aunt and uncle in Boston
upon his father’s death in 1744.
Graduated from Boston Latin School and
Harvard College.
Inherited his uncle’s estate in 1764.
Personality


Wore expensive clothes
Hard-working
Opinionated
Friendly and well-admired
Influence to society
British Tensions


Disagreed with the British taxation methods.
Outspoken leader against the Stamp Act.
Selected as one of Boston’s five “Selectmen.”
Elected to the Massachusetts House of
Representatives in 1766.
British Tensions cont.

Supported by the Patriots and Sam Adams.
Boycotted British Imports while the Townshend
Acts were in effect.
Accused of smuggling.
Lead a committee to remove British Troops after
the Boston Massacre.
Privately advocated the Boston Tea Party.
During the War

Funded the army and revolutionary cause.
Elected as President of the Provincial Congress.
Elected as a delegate of the Second Continental
Congress.
Wanted to actually fight in the war as a militia
colonel.
Final Years


Married Dorothy Quincy in 1775.
Elected Governor of Massachusetts in 1780.
Interested in the Vice President position.
Signed The Declaration of Independence.
Died on October 8, 1793 at age 56.

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John hancock

  • 2. Early Life Born on January 23, 1737 in Braintree, Mass. Comfortable early life. Sent to live with his aunt and uncle in Boston upon his father’s death in 1744. Graduated from Boston Latin School and Harvard College. Inherited his uncle’s estate in 1764.
  • 4. British Tensions Disagreed with the British taxation methods. Outspoken leader against the Stamp Act. Selected as one of Boston’s five “Selectmen.” Elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1766.
  • 5. British Tensions cont. Supported by the Patriots and Sam Adams. Boycotted British Imports while the Townshend Acts were in effect. Accused of smuggling. Lead a committee to remove British Troops after the Boston Massacre. Privately advocated the Boston Tea Party.
  • 6. During the War Funded the army and revolutionary cause. Elected as President of the Provincial Congress. Elected as a delegate of the Second Continental Congress. Wanted to actually fight in the war as a militia colonel.
  • 7. Final Years Married Dorothy Quincy in 1775. Elected Governor of Massachusetts in 1780. Interested in the Vice President position. Signed The Declaration of Independence. Died on October 8, 1793 at age 56.

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