HANCOCK, JOHN (1737 – 1793)
American founding father.merchant, statesman, and prominent Patriot of the American Revolution. He served as president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first and third Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is remembered for his large and stylish signature on the United States Declaration of Independence, so much so that the term John Hancock or Hancock has become a nickname in the United States for one’s signature. He also signed the Articles of Confederation and used his influence to ensure that Massachusetts ratified the United States Constitution in 1788.
EPH – Ephemera: vintage steel engraving; 3.5″x4.25″ below which is a facsimile signature. Very good to fine. From the National Portrait Gallery of Distingished Americans, 1834.