John Hancock Birth Site
January 23, 1737
Son of Reverend John Hancock,
pastor of what is now the
First Parish Church, Quincy
On his father's death, he was
adopted by his uncle — Boston's
wealthiest merchant — 1744
Graduated Harvard College — 1754
Married Dorothy Quincy — 1775
President Second Continental
Congress — 1775
First signer of the
Declaration of Independence — 1776
"I write so that George the Third
may read without his spectacles."
First Governor of Massachusetts
1780 — 1785
1787 — 1793
Signed Act incorporating
Town of Quincy — 1792
Died at Boston in the Hancock House,
built of Quincy granite:
October 8, 1793
Buried with great ceremony in the
Granary Burying Ground, Boston
"He wrote his name where all Nations should behold it,
and where all Time should not efface it."
John Hancock Mutual Life
Erected 1951 by John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Government & Politics • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Signers of the Declaration of Independence series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 23, 1737.
Location. 42° 15.244′ N, 71° 0.368′ W. Marker is in Quincy, Massachusetts, in Norfolk County. Marker is at the intersection of Adams Street and Hancock Street, on the right when traveling south on Adams Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8 Adams Street, Quincy MA 02169, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named John Hancock Birth Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Adams Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); William Reynolds Dimmock LL.D. (within shouting distance of this marker); John Adams (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Abigail Adams (approx. ¼ mile away); United First Parish Church (approx. ¼ mile away); The Men of Quincy, Mass. (approx. ¼ mile away); Hancock Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Quincy.
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Also see . . .
1. John Hancock Bio. (Submitted on June 12, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. John Hancock Bio. (Submitted on June 12, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 12, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 501 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 12, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.