John Hancock

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John Hancock Our nation had many great people who have changed our nation’s fate throughout the history. These people may not be remembered but have changed our nation’s direction. People like John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, John Adams, George Washington, and etc. were remembered. But a person like John Hancock, about 1/300 of the population of Unites States of America knows about him. Even though he is not remembered, John Hancock is one of the most extraordinary people who have change the fate of our nation. John Hancock was born on January 23, 1727 in Braintree, Mass. He is the son of John Hancock and Mary Hawke. John Hancock (father) was a Harvard graduate and minister. They lived in a part of town which eventually became the…show more content…
(Unger 12-27) John was 38 years old by now and was engaged to Dorothy (Dolly) Quincy, the youngest and prettiest of the five Quincy girls. They were to be married in the spring. The north parlor of the Quincy home was ready, its wall newly papered for the occasion with a design of blue cupids shooting blue arrows at red flowers. But John didn’t get to the Quincy home that spring. On April 19, the English troops, marching to Concord to look for Americans arms, stopped of at Lexington for a battle and so the war started. John, who was hiding at Lexington, had all he could to keep one step ahead of English army. But even when he did reach safety, he couldn’t go to the room of blue cupids. Instead he went to Philadelphia. John was one of the delegated from Massachusetts to the Continental Congress, meeting of representatives from all the Colonies to decide what to do about England. (Hancock, website) On March 5, 1774, the fourth anniversary of the Boston Massacre, he gave a speech strongly condemning the British. In that same year, he was elected as that president of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress, and presided over its Committee of Safety. Under Hancock, Massachusetts was able to raise bands of "minutemen", soldiers who pledged to be ready for battle on short notice, and his boycott of tea imported by the British East India Company eventually led to the Boston Tea Party. In April 1775 as the British intent became apparent, Hancock and Samuel Adams
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