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Definition: Signer of the Declaration of Independence who was also a wealthy Massachusetts merchant who liked to defy the British authorities. He was also president of the Continental Congress and governor of Massachusetts. His main contribution, however, to the American Revolution was using his fortune to help finance the struggle.

Related Resources:

John Hancock: The Money Behind the Revolution
John Hancock is perhaps best known for his very large signature on the Declaration of Independence. However, he was much more important to the American Revolution and the Revolutionary War as a businessman who had large sums of money at his disposal and used that money to support the American cause.

The Declaration of Independence: Cry for Freedom
The Declaration of Independence was a brave act of freedom by American colonists fighting a war against Great Britain. This easy-to-understand article gives you the before, during, and after.

Colonial America
The backdrop to the story.

Elsewhere on the Web:
Biography of John Hancock
The man and his accomplishments come alive in this fascinating biography.

Hancock's Boston Massacre Oration
Read for yourself how Hancock could get the colonists stirred up with hatred for Great Britain.

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