The Influence In John Hancock's Declaration Of Independence

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John Hancock was born in Braintree (present-day Quincy), Massachusetts on January 23, 1737 and died in Boston on October 8, 1793. He was initially a merchant whose shipping business was greatly affected by the Intolerable Acts, propelling him into the Revolutionary cause. Once the Revolution had passed, Hancock became the First governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He was most famous for his large signature on the Declaration of Independence as well as being a statesman, Second President of the Continental Congress, and Authoritative voice of the Revolution. Hancock joined the Sons of Liberty so as to oppose British influence in the colonies. However, unlike Adams, he was somewhat appalled by the violence that the Sons of Liberty wielded.
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