John Hancock

1737 - 1793

John Hancock

John Hancock (January 23, 1737 [O.S. January 12, 1736] – October 8, 1793) was an American 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 a synonym in the United States for one's signature.Before the American Revolution, Hancock was one of the wealthiest men in the Thirteen Colonies, having inherited a profitable mercantile business from his uncle. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Hancock has received more than 2,693,251 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 5,068th most popular politician.

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Among politicians, John Hancock ranks 5,038 out of 14,801Before him are Hugh I, Duke of Burgundy, Stepan Shaumian, Publius Cornelius Lentulus Sura, Trần Hưng Đạo, Francesco I d'Este, Duke of Modena, and Hosius of Corduba. After him are Ashot I of Armenia, Ragnvald Knaphövde, Odo I, Duke of Burgundy, Giovanni Leone, Yolande of Valois, and Theudigisel.

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Among people born in 1737, John Hancock ranks 10Before him are Thomas Paine, Michael Haydn, Marie-Louise O'Murphy, Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Josef Mysliveček, and Antoine-Augustin Parmentier. After him are Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov, Tokugawa Ieharu, Jacob Philipp Hackert, Princess Augusta of Great Britain, Prince Josias of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, and George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney. Among people deceased in 1793, John Hancock ranks 16Before him are Jean Sylvain Bailly, Madame Roland, Jacques Pierre Brissot, Francesco Guardi, Alexander Roslin, and Charles Bonnet. After him are Antoine Barnave, Fletcher Christian, John Hunter, Jean-Marie Roland de la Platière, Jacques Cathelineau, and Louis Jean Marie de Bourbon, Duke of Penthièvre.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Hancock ranks 1,643 out of 12,171Before him are Henry Molaison (1926), Bernard Baruch (1870), Dwight Schultz (1947), Sissy Spacek (1949), Iris Apfel (1921), and Sixto Rodriguez (1942). After him are Jim Parsons (1973), Norman Reedus (1969), Grant Wood (1891), Georgina Spelvin (1936), Pat Garrett (1850), and Samuel Adams (1722).

Among POLITICIANS In United States

Among politicians born in United States, John Hancock ranks 107Before him are Caroline Kennedy (1957), Ron Paul (1935), Rudy Giuliani (1944), Edith Wilson (1872), Bess Truman (1885), and Avery Brundage (1887). After him are Samuel Adams (1722), Pontiac (1714), Curtis LeMay (1906), Janet Yellen (1946), Kalākaua (1836), and Walter Mondale (1928).