John Hancock Jr.

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John Hancock Jr.
Born June 1, 1702
Lexington, Massachusetts, United States
Died May 7, 1744
Quincy, Massachusetts, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Clergyman, Soldier, Planter, Politician
Title Colonel
Spouse(s) Mary Hawke Thaxter
Children John Hancock
Parent(s) John Hancock Sr.
Elizabeth Clark

Rev. Col. John Hancock Jr. (June 1, 1702 – May 7, 1744) was a colonial American clergyman, soldier, planter, politician, and father of politician John Hancock III. Hancock was born in Lexington, Massachusetts, He was the son of Col. John Hancock Sr. and Elizabeth Clark.


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 seven years old, Soon after, 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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