1737 – Born on January 12th in Braintree (now in Quincy), Massachusetts. An American Revolutionary leader and first signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.
1754 – Hancock entered a mercantile house in Boston owned by his uncle Thomas Hancock, who later left him a large fortune.
1765 – He became a selectman of Boston.
1969 – Hancock was a member of the Massachusetts General Court.
– He was chairman of the Boston town committee formed immediately after the Boston Massacre to demand the removal of British troops from the city.
1774-1775 – Hancock was president of the first and second provincial congresses, and he shared with Samuel Adams the leadership of the Massachusetts Patriots.
– Hancock was a member and served as the president of the Continental Congress.
1780 – Hancock was a member of the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention and in the same year was elected governor of the state.
1785-1786 – He served in Congress under the Articles of Confederation and then returned to the governorship.
1788 – He presided over the Massachusetts Convention that ratified the federal Constitution, although he had been unfriendly at first toward the document.
1793 – Died October 8th in Quincy, Massachusetts while serving his ninth term as governor.