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Label
1791 Mar. 24
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1791 Mar. 24
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Language
eng
Summary
Letter, dated 24 March 1791, from John Hancock (1737-1793), Governor of Massachusetts, to Henry Knox (1750-1806), Secretary of War, asking for assistance for a friend, thanking Knox for a pair of gloves, and informing Knox that he is sending some fish
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Biographical or historical data
John Hancock was born in Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, 12 January 1736/7 to the Reverend John Hancock (1702-1744) and Mary Hawke Hancock (1711-1783?). After his father's death, Hancock was adopted by his uncle, Thomas Hancock (1703-1764), the richest merchant in Boston, Massachusetts. John Hancock attended Boston Latin School and Harvard College, graduating from the latter in 1754. He became a partner in his uncle's business and inherited it upon Thomas Hancock's death in 1764. Hancock served as a selectman of Boston several terms; as a member of the Massachusetts provincial legislature from 1766 to 1772; and president of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress in 1774. Elected to the Continental Congress in 1775, he served as President of the Congress from May 24, 1775, to October 1777. Hancock was the first signer of the Declaration of Independence. He served as senior major general of Massachusetts Militia during the Revolutionary War, and was a member of the Massachusetts constitutional convention in 1780. Hancock was elected Governor of Massachusetts from 1780 to 1785. Again elected President of the Continental Congress on November 23, 1785, he resigned May 29, 1786, not having served on account of illness. Reelected Governor of Massachusetts, Hancock served from 1787 until his death in Quincy 8 October 1793. He was interred in Old Granary Burying Ground, Boston, Massachusetts. Hancock married Dorothy Quincy (1747-1830) 28 August 1775, and they had two children, both of whom died young.
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Vi
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Letter
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!UNKNOWN LABEL
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  • The Library of Virginia
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1
Immediate source of acquisition
Washington and Lee University
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000500494
Reproduction note
Photostats (negative).
Type of unit
leaf.

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