John Hancock - Boston, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 21.496 W 071° 03.794
19T E 330086 N 4691617
Quick Description: A bronze bust of John Hancock is located on a wall in Doric Hall in the Massachusetts State House at 24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 12/12/2014 11:42:02 AM
Waymark Code: WMN28A
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
Views: 3

Long Description:

A 50" by 39" by 16" bronze bust of John Hancock is placed placed in circular niche of 80" by 50.5" by 16" rectangular bronze plaque. The the bust depicts the head neck and top of the shoulders. John Hancock is wearing a coat and ruffled shirt a high neck collar. The sculpture was created in 1915 by an unknown artist and cast by the Jno. Williams, Inc. foundry.

On the plaque below the bust is the inscription:

JOHN HANCOCK
1737-1793
A PATRIOT OF THE REVOLUTION
PRESIDENT OF THE PROVINCIAL CONGRESS 1774
PRESIDENT OF THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS 1775-77
FIRST SIGNER OF
THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
FIRST GOVERNOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH
UNDER THE STATE CONSTITUTION 1780-1785
AND AGAIN GOVERNOR 1787-1793
PRESIDENT OF THE CONVENTION
WHICH ADOPTED THE FEDERAL CONSTITUTION

Below is an additional inscription:

PRESENTED TO THE COMMONWEALTH
BY THE SOCIETY OF THE SONS OF
THE REVOLUTION 1915

John Hancock was a prominent Boston merchant who became an influential figure in the American Revolution. He was born in Braintree, MA on January 23, 1737 and was educated at Boston Latin School and Harvard College, class of 1754.

At the start of the American Revolution, John Hancock was a Massachusetts delegate to the Continental Congress held in Philadelphia. On May 24, 1775, he was unanimously elected President of the Continental Congress. He was first to sign the Declaration of Independence with a now iconic signature. 1776, he had been appointed as the senior major general of the Massachusetts militia and in October 1777 he requested a leave of absence and returned to Boston.

August 1778, Hancock was in command of 6,000 militiamen as part of the campaign led by General John Sullivan in an unsuccessful plan to attack the British garrison at Newport, Rhode Island. Despite this failure, he retained his popularity and was elected Governor of Massachusetts in October 1780, a position he held until 1785. He became president of the convention that wrote the United States Constitution and served a second term as Governor from 1787 -1793.

John Hancock died on October 8, 1793, at 56 years of age. He is buried in the Granary Burying Ground in Boston, MA.

The Massachusetts State House is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. All visitors must enter through the General Hooker entrance.

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