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1) John Hancock was born on January 23,
1737; according to the Old Style calendar then in use, the date
was January 12, 1736. His birthplace was Braintree,
Massachusetts, in a part of town which eventually became a
What do we know the name of the
2) He was the son of the Reverend John
Hancock of Braintree and Mary Hawke Thaxter, who was from nearby
Hingham. As a child, Hancock became a casual acquaintance of
young John Adams, whom the Reverend Hancock had baptized in
1734. The Hancock’s lived a comfortable life, and owned one
slave to help with household work.
3) After Hancock's father died in 1744, John was sent to live
with his uncle and aunt, Thomas Hancock and Lydia (Henchman)
Hancock. Thomas Hancock was the proprietor of a firm known as
the House of Hancock, which imported manufactured goods from
Britain and exported rum, whale oil, and fish. Thomas Hancock's
highly successful business made him one of Boston's richest and
best-known residents. He and Lydia, along with several servants
and slaves, lived in Hancock Manor. The couple, who did not have
any children of their own, became the dominant influence on
Where was Hancock Manor located in Boston?
- Beacon Hill
- Breeds Hill
- Bunker Hill
4) After graduating
from the Boston Latin School, Hancock enrolled in Harvard
University and received a bachelors degree.
What year did he
get his bachelors degree from Harvard?
5) Hancock began to work for his uncle. When did he become a
full partner with his Uncle in the House of Hancock?
6) Thomas Hancock died, John inherited the
business, Hancock Manor, two or three household slaves, and
thousands of acres of land, becoming one of the wealthiest men
in the colonies. The household slaves continued to work for John
and his aunt, but were eventually freed through the terms of
Thomas Hancock's will; there is no evidence that John Hancock
ever bought or sold slaves.
7) After its
victory in the Seven Years' War [French and Indian War]
(1756–1763), the British Empire was deep in debt. Looking for
new sources of revenue, the British Parliament sought, for the
first time, to directly tax the colonies.
What was the first
- Molasses Act
Bostonians learned of the impending repeal of a British
Parliament Act, Hancock was elected to the Massachusetts House
of Representatives in May 1766.
What was the act?
- Beer Act
- Stamp Act
9) On May 24, 1775, Hancock was unanimously elected President
of the Continental Congress.
Hancock as President?
- Henry Middleton
- Peyton Randolph
- George Washington
10) When Congress recessed
on August 1, 1775, Hancock took the opportunity to wed his
Who was his fiancée?
- Elizabeth “Betty” Baker
- Mildred Ann Hill
- Dorothy "Dolly" Quincy
11) With his wife at his side, he died in
bed on October 8, 1793, at 56 years of age.
was he buried?
- Granary Burial Ground, Boston, Massachusetts
- Hancock Cemetery, Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
- Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts