Background Adams Stone Library,
with more than 14,000 volumes,
contains the collection of John Quincy Adams.
Up Dated 8 October 2008
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Hancock, Rev. John (Rev. John, Nath'l., Nath'l.) b. 1 June 1702 15. C. 1719, ord. Braintree, 2 Nov. 1726, d. 7 Mar. 1744 [m. Mary Hawke (Jas.) wid. of Samuel Thaxter of Braintree, 15 Lex., who m. (3) Daniel Perkins of Bridgewater, 29 June 1751, Wyman says he kept school at Camb. 1725, was librarian of Harv. Coll. 1726, father Gov. John Hancock], 572Hancock, John (Rev. John, Rev. John, Nath'l., Nath'l.) [b. 23 Jan. 1738, at Fairfield, Conn., H. C. 1754, m. Dorothy Quincy (Edm.) of Bost. 4 Dec. 1775, who d. 3 Feb. 1830, a. 83],
HANCOCK, John, a Delegate from Massachusetts; born in Quincy, Norfolk County, Mass, January 12, 1737; pursued classical studies; was graduated from Harvard College in 1754; a selectman of Boston several terms; member of the provincial legislature 1766-1772; president of the Provincial Congress in 1774; active in pro-Revolutionary movements and, with Samuel Adams, was exempted from pardon in Governor Gage's proclamation of June 12, 1775; Member of the Continental Congress 1775-1780, 1785, and 1786, and served as President of the Congress from May 24, 1775, to October 1777; first signer of the Declaration of Independence; served as senior major general of Massachusetts Militia during the Revolutionary War; member of the Massachusetts constitutional convention in 1780; Governor of Massachusetts 1780-1785; was again elected President of the Continental Congress on November 23, 1785, but resigned May 29, 1786, not having served on account of illness; again Governor of Massachusetts from 1787 until his death in Quincy, Mass., October 8, 1793; interment in Old Granary Burying Ground, Boston, Mass.
HANCOCK, John, signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born in Quincy, Mass., Jan. 23, 1737; son of the Rev. John Hancock (1703-1744), a graduate of Harvard in the class of 1719; librarian of the college, 1723-26, and preacher at Braintree, 1726-44, and grandson of the Rev. John Hancock (1671-1752), Harvard, 1689. He was a nephew of Thomas Hancock, 1702-1764, bookseller, merchant, founder of the Hancock chair of Hebrew and other oriental languages in Harvard, for which purpose he bequeathed £l000. He also gave £1000 to propagate the gospel among the Indians, £600 to the town of Boston for the erection of an insane asylum, and the remainder of his large fortune to his nephew, John Hancock, the signer. John was adopted by his uncle Thomas, was graduated from Harvard in 1754, and was then admitted to his uncle's counting house, finally inheriting the business. He was a representative in the Massachusetts legislature, [p.67] 1766-72; a member of the committee to demand of the royal governor the removal of the British troops from town, 1770; a member of the provisional congress assembled at Concord, 1774-75, and was elected its president. The efforts of the royal governor to secure the persons of Samuel Adams and John Hancock led to the battle of Lexington, and caused General Gage to exclude these two men from the general pardon offered to the rebels. He was a delegate to the Continental congress, 1775-80, and 1785-86, and was president of that body from May, 1775, till October, 1777. He was made major-general of the Massachusetts militia in 1776, and commanded the Massachusetts contingents in the expedition against Rhode Island in August, 1778. He took part in the constitutional convention of 1780, and served the Commonwealth as governor, 1780-86, and 1787-93. He received four electoral votes for President of the United States in 1789. He was the most wealthy man in Boston, and his money was subject to the needs of his country. In a discussion as to the best way to drive the British out of Boston, he is credited with meeting the issue with the suggestion to burn the town, and in the latter part of 1776 congress did give Washington instructions to do so, if it should be necessary in order to dislodge the enemy, and the authority was signed by Jetta Hancock, president of congress. He received the degree of A.M. from the College of New Jersey and from Yale in 1769, and that of LL.D. from Brown in 1788 and from Harvard in 1792. He was a fellow of the American academy of arts and sciences, and was treasurer of the corporation of Harvard college, 1773-77, being removed from this office by the fellows of the corporation for neglect in making an accounting and settlement for the funds that passed through his hands. In October, 1765, he ordered from London an invoice of books to be specialty bound for the library of Harvard college to replace books burned in the fire of 1764. The cost of the invoice was £500 and the Hancock alcove in Harvard library contains the 1098 volumes as presented. He gave £1000, and the mahogany pulpit, deacons' seats and communion table to the Brattle Street church, soon after used as barracks by the British. He was married at Fairfield, Conn., Aug. 28, 1775, to Dorothy Quincy, and their only child, John George Washington Hancock, died Jan. 27, 1787, aged nine years. On Sept. 10, 1896, the monument over John Hancock's grave in the Granary burying ground in Boston was unveiled. It was secured by an act of the legislature of Massachusettes, passed Feb. 3, 1894, providing $3000 for the purpose. He died at Quincy, Mass., Oct. 8, 1793.
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