John Hancock

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Portrait of John Hancock

7th President of the United States in Congress Assembled
November 23, 1785 - June 6, 1786

Predecessor Richard Henry Lee
Successor Nathaniel Gorham

4th President of the Continental Congress
May 24, 1775 – October 31, 1777

Predecessor Peyton Randolph
Successor Henry Laurens

1st Governor of Massachusetts
October 25, 1780 – January 29, 1785

Predecessor Office Created
Successor Thomas Cushing (acting)

James Bowdoin (Governor)

3rd Governor of Massachusetts
May 30, 1787 – October 8, 1793

Predecessor James Bowdoin
Successor Samuel Adams
Born January 23, 1737
Braintree (now Quincy), Province of Massachusetts Bay
Died October 8, 1793

Hancock Manor, Boston, Massachusetts

Political Party None

John Hancock (January 23, 1737 – October 8, 1793) 7th President of the United States in Congress Assembled was a merchant, statesman, and prominent Patriot of the American Revolution. He served as president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first and third Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is remembered for his large and stylish signature on the United States Declaration of Independence, so much so that the term "John Hancock" has become, in the United States, a synonym for signature.