Brother John Hancock
January 23rd, 1737 – October 8th 1793
St. Andrew’s Lodge Boston, Massachusetts
American merchant, smuggler, 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, in the United States, a synonym for a signature.
The Declaration of Independence
Wary of returning to Boston, Hancock was staying at this house in Lexington when the Revolutionary War began