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Hancock, John



  • Existence: 1737 - 1793


Merchant. 1st signer of the Declaration of Independence. Governor of Massachusetts.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

William Bant account book

Collection Identifier: Mss:899 1776-1779 B218
Scope and Contents: Account book of business agent and merchant William Bant, of Boston, Massachusetts, recording transactions related to his management of the properties and affairs of John Hancock (1737-1793), dated from 1776 to 1779. Bant includes a note explaining why he charged a five-cent commission in 1779, writing, it is a "small commission for the business done as it includes a recompence for the time trouble and attention that I have given to General Hancock's affairs which were multifarious from...

Hancock family papers

Collection Identifier: Mss:766 1712-1854 H234
Overview: The Hancock family of Boston included wealthy colonial merchant Thomas Hancock (1703-1764) and his nephew John Hancock (1737-1793), president of the Second Continental Congress, governor of Massachusetts, and signer of the Declaration of Independence. This collection, dated 1664-1854, contains business and personal correspondence, financial records, and legal papers of Thomas Hancock, John Hancock, and other relatives and associates, including Ebenezer Hancock (1741-1819; Harvard AB 1760),...

John Hancock Collection

Collection Identifier: UAI 50.27.73
Overview: John Hancock (1737-1793) was a prominent Boston merchant and leading statesman during the American Revolutionary War period. A 1754 graduate of Harvard College, he served as its treasurer from 1773 until 1777. The collection includes correspondence, receipts, and accounting records relating to Hancock’s tenure as Harvard College treasurer as well as a limited number of his personal papers. The records document the strained relationship between College administrators and Hancock that began in...

Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, Volumes 1 and 2

Collection Identifier: UAI 5.110
Overview: At a special meeting of the Harvard Corporation on February 6, 1850, the President and Fellows voted to have all manuscript papers related to the history of the College and College affairs identified, arranged, and bound. The first series of the Harvard College Papers comprises eleven volumes of historical and administrative records dating back as early as the mid-1600s arranged in chronological order. Papers that were accidentally overlooked, or newly discovered or received, were added...