|2nd Speaker of the Grand Council|
|Term of Office:||October 16, 1774 - October 16, 1780|
|Born:|| January 23, 1737
|Died:|| October 8, 1796
John Hancock, known as the "Father of the Unionist Party , was America's first partisan Speaker of the Grand Council after the end of the Franklin Speakership. His policies of distinct American nationalism, as well as free trade and strong central government laid the foundation for the policies of the modern Liberty Party.