John Hancock's Early Life

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John Hancock was born January 12, 1737, in Braintree Massachusetts. Hancock had a good education and graduated from Harvard College. After graduation, he worked for his uncle to take over the family business. As his uncle 's health gradually got worse, Hancock slowly took over the business. In 1764, his dad, Thomas Hancock, died leaving him the House of Hancock. Along with that, he inherited many other properties. At age 27, he became one of the richest men in Massachusetts. While attending the Continental Congress on August 28, 1775, he married Dorothy Quincy. John and Dorothy had two children, but unfortunately, both died at very young ages. He entered politics in 1765, which started his political career. Hancock joined forces with
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