Posted by: Ron DuBour | July 17, 2012

American Heroes from Massachusetts~JOHN HANCOCK (1737-1793)~by rldubour

JOHN HANCOCK (1737-1793)

Put your John Hancock on the line
You often hear one say.
Make it clear and legible
Sign in your usual way.

Born in Braintree, Massachusetts
Young John was one of three.
John Hancock would become a name
That’s marked for history.

When John was seven years of age
His father passed away.
His mother could not handle things
She disappeared one day.

John was left to be an orphan
There was one who cared
Adopted by his uncle Thomas
His life with John he shared.

A highly successful merchant
Of John he did request.
Integrity and honesty
And always do his best.

The richest man in New England
Took young John as his son.
Would leave him heir to his fortune
When his days on earth were done.

Attending Boston Latin School
This was his routine
To Harvard University
Graduated at seventeen.

After John had graduated
To London he was sent.
To learn the shipbuilding business
For John was his intent.


Then shortly after his return
Uncle Tom had passed away.
Thus making John the richest man
In those colonial days.

Soon after Uncle Tom had died
He married Dorothy Quincy.
Despite his wealth and generosity
Always kept his ardency.

A daughter they named Lydia
Lost her at ten months old.
A son named John he was seven
Another tragedy unfolds.

John Hancock pushed for Independence
As warrants for his arrest.
Plus there was a handsome bounty
The British tried their best.

The first to sign the Declaration
His pen was but his sword.
“The minister can read my name
Let them double my reward!”


Elected to the Boston Assembly, 1766; Delegate to, and President of, the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts, circa 1773; Elected to Continental Congress, 1774; Elected President of the Continental Congress, 1775; Member of Massachusetts state Constitutional Convention, elected Governor of Massachusetts, through 1793
The signature of John Hancock on the Declaration of Independence is the most flamboyant and easily recognizable of all. It is perhaps no surprise that the story of his part in the revolution is equally engaging. Few figures were more well known or more popular than John Hancock. The dignity and character of John Hancock, celebrated by friend and enemy alike, did not suffer for his love of public attention. He was a populist in every sense, who held great confidence in the ability of the common man. He also displayed a pronounced contempt for unreasoned authority.
Born: January 12, 1737~~Died: October 8, 1793
*Ardency-Displaying or characterized by strong enthusiasm or devotion.


  1. You do this best!

    • thanks but your not too bad yourself

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