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John Hancock

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John Hancock1) 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 separate city.
What do we know the name of the separate city?

  • Hancock
  • Hanover
  • Quincy

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.

  • True or False?

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 John's life.
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?

  • 1750
  • 1754
  • 1758

5) Hancock began to work for his uncle. When did he become a full partner with his Uncle in the House of Hancock?

  • 1761
  • 1762
  • 1763

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.

  • True or False?

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 tax act?

  • Molasses Act
    Sugar Act
    Tea Act

8) After 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?

  • Custom Act
  • Beer Act
  • Stamp Act

9) On May 24, 1775, Hancock was unanimously elected President of the Continental Congress.
Who proceeded Hancock as President?

  • Henry Middleton
  • Peyton Randolph
  • George Washington

10) When Congress recessed on August 1, 1775, Hancock took the opportunity to wed his fiancée.
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.
Where was he buried?

  • Granary Burial Ground, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Hancock Cemetery, Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
  • Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts
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John Hancock

  1. Quincy
  2. True
  3. Beacon Hill
  4. 1754
  5. 1763
  6. True
  7. Sugar Act
  8. Stamp Act
  9. Peyton Randolph
  10. Dorothy "Dolly" Quincy
  11. Granary Burial Ground, Boston, Massachusetts
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