John Hancock Biography

John Hancock who’s believed to have taken birth on January 23, 1737, at Massachusetts city, United States, was a popular merchant and a revolutionary figure who fought against the then powerful British based colonial forces. His place of birth is named as Braintree, a town located in Massachusetts city of the United States. Here we shall make you learn about Mr. Hancock’s early life, education, life struggles, and his career achievements.

Early life

John Hancock had to face a very rough childhood. He became an orphan when he just a child. He was adopted and raised by his uncle named Thomas Hancock who was that time known as a very rich merchant in the Boston city. He owned a business by the name House of Hancock that used to deal with imports and exports. It is said that his uncle decided to take Hancock in his protection as he did not have any children of his own. John did his graduation from the Boston Latin School when he was seventeen years old boy. Just after he completed his graduation, his uncle sent him to Harvard College to study business.


Hancock started his career as an apprentice under his uncle and learned clerical work from him. Seeing his honesty and capability, his uncle sent him to England in 1760 for a business assignment.

In London, he was able to see the crowning of King George III. When his uncle left for heavenly abode in 1763. John Hancock got everything that belonged to his uncle and that was a huge wealth which no one else in England had. Due to the sudden gain in wealth his position in society also changed. Now his world had influential and people with power.

In 1768 a small vessel that belonged to Mr. Hancock was confiscated in Boston Harbor by the customs officials. They charged him of smuggling or black-marketing. People protested against this and stood by him. In 1776 when Peyton resigned, he became the President but retired a year later because he had gout.

He was a very popular personality in every way and had great faith in the common man. A decree was issued in 1776 in England and a reward was also announced if anyone could help catch several main persons. John‘s name was in it. He died when he was serving the term as governor for the ninth time. Another thing for which he is well known is his huge signature.