George Washington by Gilbert Stuart

John Hancock

American Merchant and Patriot


John Hancock was one of the wealthiest men in the colonies and is one of our Founding Fathers. As a prominent businessman and citizen, Hancock organized protests against British regulations, such as the Stamp Act and Townshend Acts. In 1770, after the Boston Massacre, Hancock chaired the committee that demanded the removal of British forces.

He also worked closely with Samuel Adams becoming his protégé. Hancock and Adams avoided British arrest in Lexington thanks to Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride warning. He served as the President of the Continental Congress in 1775 and was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence. He was elected the first Governor of Massachusetts in 1780 and served until his passing on October 8, 1793.

“I have always, from my earliest youth, rejoiced in the felicity of my fellow-men.”

“Let every man do what is right in his own eyes.”

Hancock attended Harvard College, which was also his father’s alma mater, and graduated at the young age of 17.

The John Hancock Tower is in Boston, Massachusetts and is the tallest building in the city with 60 stories. The John Hancock Center in Chicago, Illinois is 100 stories and one of the buildings in the United States.

Hancock married Dorothy Quincy in August 1775 and they had two children.


Hancock raised money, helped secure troops, and was involved in organizing naval forces for the American Revolution.

Hancock ran for president in the first U.S. election, but received only four electoral votes out of 138 total, losing to George Washington.