John Hull (merchant)

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John Hull (18 December 1624 – 1 October 1683) was the leading merchant and mintmaster of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Hull was born in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England.

He married Judith Quincy (1626–1695), daughter of Judith Pares (d. 1654) and Edmund Quincy, progenitors of the prestigious Quincy family.[1]

Among his apprentices was Jeremiah Dummer who became the first American-born silversmith.[2] In January 1658 he and several other men made a large land acquisition in Rhode Island known as the "Pettaquamscutt Purchase."[3]

Hull died in Boston on 1 October 1683. Hull Street in Boston is named for him, because he once owned the land there.[4]


  1. ^ Massachusetts Historical Society: Quincy, Wendell, Holmes, and Upham Family Papers, 1633-1910
  2. ^ Dummer, Michael (June 2005). "5: Richard and Early Days in New England". The Family of Dummer (7th ed.). pp. 26–27. 
  3. ^ "Kingston Congregational Church Collection". Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  4. ^ "Historic Atlas: Boston 1676". Retrieved 2014-09-23. 

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