John Hancock Research Paper

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John Hancock From his childhood and education, to his service to this country, and his presidential career John Hancock was one of the first people to sign the Declaration of Independent. He was also one of the most famous people to sign it. John Hancock was born in Braintree, Massachusetts, on January 23, 1737. He was born into a wealthy family his father was Reverend John Hancock, and his mother 's name was Mary Hawke Thaxter. John had six sibling three brothers and three sisters. They all had a happy childhood one of his best friends was John Adams they often played and studied together. On May 7, 1744, John 's father passed away his mother did not have enough money to take care of him so she sent him to live with his childless uncle…show more content…
After a few years working his uncle 's business he decided to enter the political career. Soon as he began he became known as a prominent force in revolutionary beliefs. The first election he won was to Boston Assembly in 1765. In 1773 he served as a delegate and president of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress. He served as President of Continental Congress from 1775 to 1777 he was also a member of the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention in 1780 “John Hancock”. On August 28, 1775, when congress recessed John finally took the opportunity to marry his fiancee Dorothy Quincy, they had two kids but neither one live to be adults. On July 4, 1776, something big happened in John 's life him and Continental Congress were the only two to sign the original version of the Declaration of independence on that day. The reason John said he wrote his name so big was so John Bull could read it without his glasses, John Bull was the general in England at the time. In October of 1777 John was forced to resign from Presidency because of health problems. By 1778 he recovered from his problem and was given the order as a Major General of Massachusetts Militia. There was six thousand New England men that had something to do with the Rhode Island Campaign, but during his first combat they had to retreat. In 1785 John was reelected and president of the Continental Congress, but his health problems made him have to decline. A few years later he was elected Governor of Massachusetts and served nine terms.He had bad health and that is what stopped him from going to the Constitutional convention in Philadelphia in 1787. Even though John 's health problems would not allow him to travel to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, although he could not attend it he played a very important part in the ratification of the United States Constitution. Massachusetts and Virginia was the two states he influenced because of their size and population. On January 9, 1788, John was the
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