生于 1737 年
约翰·汉考克 was a Whig leader in Boston prior to the Revolutionary War, and went on to be the President of the Second Continental Congress - which was responsible for creating the Declaration of Independence. All very impressive. But most impressive of all was that his name would live on to be slang for 'signature'. Now that's a legacy. One day I imagine "Shaun" will be used by children to describe a world-weary sneer. I can but dream.
Hancock was born in Massachusetts, the son of a Reverend, but his father died when he was young, and John was sent to live with his Uncle in Beacon Hill. Thomas Hancock ran a prosperous shipping business, which John inherited when his uncle died in 1764.
汉考克是位出色的商人，而他部分的收入也许来自于走私，他在 1768 年时尝试了这项工作，但他从未被定罪。当印花税法于 1764 年被强加于殖民地上后，他加入了爱国者方。他是倾茶事件的教唆者之一，实际上当革命战争开打后，他作为反抗军的名声之大，当波士顿总督愿意赦免任何放下武装之人时，汉考克并不在他的赦免考虑中。