- n. idiomatic One's signature.
- n. a person's own signature
- n. American revolutionary patriot who was president of the Continental Congress; was the first signer of the Declaration of Independence (1737-1793)
“To Thomas he bequeathed his gold-headed walking stick—“The head was given to me by the late John Hancock esq. when President of Congress, and the cane was the gift of James Wilson whilst a Member of Congress.””
“Passing the American Coffee House, Richard stopped for a moment to contemplate the dangling effigies of John Hancock and John/Samuel Adams, his ears assailed by the fitful roars of laughter and spleen originating among the dining ranks of the Steadfast Society inside the White Lion.”
“Paul Jones was the first of these officers to receive his commission, John Hancock handing it to him in Independence Hall,”
“John Hancock of Massachusetts was elected to succeed Peyton Randolph of Virginia president of the First Congress in deliberate defiance of the British, who had “proscribed” him.”
“Downtown Chicago would grow vertically by leaps and bounds, first the John Hancock Building, then the Sears Tower, and in 2005 a Chicago developer proposed a 115-story skyscraper.”
“President of the Congress, John Hancock was the first to sign, and with a flourish that his effigy, its emptied skin still dangling from the signpost of the American Coffee House, might well have envied.”
“The panic had died down and Broad Street was back to normal except that John/Samuel Adams and John Hancock still swung from the signpost of the American Coffee House.”
“However, he never arranged to do this, and in the opinion of Colonel John Laurens the son of Henry Laurens, who had recently succeeded John Hancock as president of Congress, “The perplexity of his style and evident insincerity of his compliments betray his real sentiments and expose his guilt.””
“The fame of Washington and John Hancock mingled as the united nations; but the conduct of the sons of the Puritan fathers has stolen the respect for them from the heart of half of the nation; and now, even the once glorious name of Daniel Webster stirs no enthusiasm in the bosoms which once beat joyfully to his praise, as it came to them from New England.”
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