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Picture of John Hancock
[Library of Congress]


Signer of the Declaration of Independence (Massachusetts)

Biographical Data
Religious Views
References, Links, & Further Reading

Education: Harvard

Occupation: merchant

Political Affiliation:

Religious Affiliation: Congregationalist

Summary of Religious Views:

Hancock's father and grandfather were ministers, his grandfather being particularly prominent. Hancock contributed a considerable amount of money to the construction of the new Brattle Street Church.

Views on Religion & Politics:


References, Links, & Further Reading: Books, Articles, Links


Herbert S. Allan, John Hancock, Patriot In Purple, Macmillan Co., 1948
William T. Baxter, The House of Hancock: Business in Boston, Harvard Univ. Press, 1945; reprint, 1965
Abram English Brown, John Hancock, His Book, Lee & Shepard, 1898; reprint, John Hancock - His Book
Charles River Editors, American Legends: The Life of John Hancock, CreateSpace, 2013
Stephen Higginson, Ten Chapters in the Life of John Hancock: Now First Published Since 1789, New York, 1857; reprint, Ten Chapters in the Life of John Hancock
Lorenzo Sears, ed. by George Billias, John Hancock: The Picturesque Patriot, Little, Brown, 1912; reprint, John Hancock - The Picturesque Patriot
Harlow Giles Unger, John Hancock: Merchant King And American Patriot, Wiley & Sons, 2000


O. M. Dickerson, "John Hancock: Notorious Smuggler or Near Victim of British Revenue Racketeers?" The Mississippi Valley Historical Review. Vol 32, No. 4, March 1946, pp. 517-40
Donald J. Proctor, "John Hancock: New Soundings on an Old Barrel," The Journal of American History Vol. 64, No. 3, December 1977, pp. 652-77
Henry Collins Walsh, "Three Letters from Hancock to 'Dorothy Q'", The New England Magazine, Vol. 12, Iss. 4, June 1892, pp. 531-541


Works By Alexander Hamilton

Boston Massacre Oration

Biographical Sites

HANCOCK, John, 1737-1793 (Biographical Directory of the US Congress)
John Hancock (ushistory.org: Signers of the Declaration of Independence)
John Hancock (Colonial Hall)
John Hancock (Signers of the Declaration of Independence -- National Park Service)

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