A handsome, charismatic politician who loves attention and knows how to get it.
To some, John Hancock is known for a single act; signing the Declaration of Independence with a bold flourish. Despite his legendary status, John Hancock’s whole story is not well known. John Hancock was one of Boston’s leading figures before the Revolution and his support of the Revolution was a large gamble because as the wealthiest man in New England, he had a great deal to lose.
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John Hancock: Merchant King and American Patriot- One of the few recent biographies, this book paints a picture of John Hancock as a merchant who was pushed toward Revolution by Parliament’s callousness.