John Hancock, Jr.

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John Hancock, Jr. (June 1, 1702 – May 7, 1744) was a colonial American clergyman and father of politician John Hancock. Hancock was born in Lexington, Massachusetts to Reverend John Hancock, Sr.


Hancock graduated from Harvard College in 1719, and served as a librarian there from 1723 to 1726. He was ordained on November 2, 1726 and settled in Quincy, Massachusetts as pastor of United First Parish Church, Quincy, Massachusetts until his death.[1]

He died when his son John was 7 years old, and his son was sent to be raised by young John's grandfather. Soon later, John's mother sent him to live with his father's brother, Thomas Hancock.[2] Hancock Cemetery in Quincy is named in his honor.


  1. ^ Weis, Frederick Lewis (1977). The colonial clergy and the colonial churches of New England. Genealogical Pub. Co., ISBN 978-0-8063-0779-4
  2. ^ Barthelmas, Della Gray (1997). The signers of the Declaration of Independence: a biographical and genealogical reference. McFarland, ISBN 978-0-7864-0318-9

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