John Hancock

American statesman and Patriot John Hancock

John Hancock was a 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" has become, in the United States, a synonym for signature.
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Insurers Offer New Products, Juicy Benefits - Insurance News Net (press release)
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In the survivorship life category, John Hancock Life Insurance Company launched a lower-cost universal survivorship policy in June, with protection SUL premiums that are 10 percent to 15 percent lower than the industry average, according to Michael
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A healthy corporation - Boston Globe
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John Hancock Financial employees took part in a boot camp workout earlier this month. It is part of the company's wellness program. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe) By Marion Davis Three years ago, Amanda Spring weighed almost 230 pounds
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Fullington crushes John Hancock with ease - Cordele Dispatch
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Sparta — Looking more in mid-season form than anticipated, Fullington Academy's Trojans opened their 2011 season with a runaway 48-0 romp Friday night past John Hancock Academy's Rebels. “I'ma little surprised by the final score,” said victorious
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Hilary Ley, John Hancock - New York Times
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Hilary Ann Ley and John Cottrell Hancock were married Saturday morning at the Church of the Atonement in Tenafly, NJ The Rev. Lynne Bleich Weber, an Episcopal priest and the church's rector, performed the ceremony. The bride, 44, is the director of
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John Hancock Retirement Plan Services Receives 14 Marketing Awards from the ... - PR Newswire (press release)
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25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- John Hancock Retirement Plan Services (JHRPS) has received 14 awards from The Insurance and Financial Communicators Association (IFCA) for marketing and communications creativity, design and writing. Now in its 79th year,
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John Hancock Closed End Funds Release Earnings Data - PR Newswire (press release)
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19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The nine John Hancock Closed-End Funds listed in the table below announced the earnings(1) for the three months ended July 31, 2011. The same data for the comparable three month period ended July 31, 2010 is also available
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John Hancock Retirement Plan Services Launches Education Resource Center ... - Sacramento Bee
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By John Hancock Retirement Plan Services BOSTON, Aug. 16, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- John Hancock Retirement Plan Services (RPS) has introduced the John Hancock Education Resource Center, a website and materials ordering portal, designed to help plan
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John Hancock Annuities Announces Awards and Promotions to Sales Team - PR Newswire (press release)
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12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- John Hancock Annuities announced the promotions of two of the organization's top sales professionals during the Summer National Sales Meeting in Washington, DC last month. John McGuinness was promoted to Regional Senior Vice
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Manulife hedging returns it to profit, shares rise - Reuters
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The company, which owns US insurer John Hancock, posted a profit of C$490 million ($495 million) in the quarter, as aggressive hedging reduced its exposure to volatile stock and bond markets. A year ago, Manulife lost C$2.4 billion. ... - -
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Is Brian Burke Preparing for Another Move on His Symbolic Chessboard? - Bleacher Report
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Schenn however, has yet to sign his John Hancock to the dotted line. One could argue that these signings/trades, are strictly for depth purposes, but what if Burke has something up his sleeve? What if these players were brought in to fill the voids of
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John Hancock Hedged Equity & Income Fund Announces Exercise of the ... - PR Newswire (press release)
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BOSTON, July 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- John Hancock Advisers, LLC announced today the issuance of 600000 common shares of John Hancock Hedged Equity & Income Fund (NYSE: HEQ) (the "Fund") at a price of $20 per share pursuant to exercise of the
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Foundation for the National Archives Joins Archives' July 4th Celebration ... - PR Newswire (press release)
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The public program followed the Foundation's annual Promise of America breakfast at the National Archives, sponsored by John Hancock Financial for the 7th year in a row. Outside the Archives, many visitors stood in line for a chance to kick off their
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John Hancock Investor Sentiment Index Declines Four Points to 18 - Financial-Planning.com
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The John Hancock Investor Sentiment Index fell four points in the second quarter to 18, down from 22 in the first quarter, when John Hancock debuted the index. Americans said they are worried about rising
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A Severe Case of Portfolio Whiplash
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MARKETS continued to zigzag in the second quarter as investors sought risk, then shunned it, then sought it again -- depending on whether they were unnerved by economic and political developments or hopeful for benign resolutions to them. Ultimately, not much was resolved, but there may have been more sleep lost than money, as stocks were little
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Auditors and Audit Reports: Is The Firm's “John Hancock” Enough? - Forbes (blog)
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Write long enough about an industry – especially a regulated, utility-like industry such as accounting – and you tend to see the same challenges and proposed solutions come up over and over again. The names and faces may change but
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Robinson: Signing your John Hancock - Savannah Morning News
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By GEVERYL ROBINSON Yes, that John Hancock, one of the Founding Fathers and the first signer of The Declaration of Independence. His signature is so iconic that the two (his name and signature) are synonymous. What caused me to think about him though
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John Hancock Closed-End Funds Declare Monthly Distributions - Sacramento Bee
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By John Hancock Funds A portion of a Fund's current distribution may include sources other than net investment income, including a return of capital. Investors should understand that a return of capital is not a distribution from income or gains of a
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  • 1793
    Died on October 8, 1793.
  • 1789
    Hancock was put forth as a candidate in the 1789 U. S. presidential election.
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  • 1788
    In January 1788, Hancock was elected president of the Massachusetts ratifying convention, although he was ill and not present when the convention began.
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  • 1787
    After the uprising, Hancock was reelected in 1787, and he promptly pardoned all the rebels.
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  • 1786
    He sent Congress a letter of resignation in 1786.
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  • 1785
    When he had resigned as governor in 1785, Hancock was again elected as a delegate to the Continental Congress, known as the Confederation Congress after the ratification of the Articles of Confederation in 1781.
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    Hancock governed until his surprise resignation on January 29, 1785.
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  • 1780
    He was a charter member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1780.
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  • 1778
    Hancock returned to Boston in July 1778, motivated by the opportunity to finally lead men in combat. Back in 1776, he had been appointed as the senior major general of the Massachusetts militia. Now that the French fleet had come to the aid of the Americans, General Washington instructed General John Sullivan of the Continental Army to lead an attack on the British garrison at Newport, Rhode Island, in August 1778.
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    On July 9, 1778, Hancock and the other Massachusetts delegates joined the representatives from seven other states in signing the Articles of Confederation; the remaining states were not yet prepared to sign, and the Articles would not be ratified until 1781.
    Hancock rejoined the Continental Congress in Pennsylvania in June 1778, but his brief time there was unhappy.
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    Hancock and Washington maintained a good relationship after the alleged incident, and in 1778 Hancock named his only son John George Washington Hancock.
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  • 1777
    In December 1777, he was reelected as a delegate to the Continental Congress and as moderator of the Boston town meeting.
    In October 1777, after more than two years in Congress, President Hancock requested a leave of absence.
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    Hancock and Congress returned to Philadelphia in March 1777, but were compelled to flee six months later when the British occupied Philadelphia.
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    In 1777, a Harvard committee headed by James Bowdoin, Hancock's chief political and social rival in Boston, sent a messenger to Philadelphia to retrieve the money and records.
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  • 1776
    Their daughter Lydia Henchman Hancock was born in 1776 and died ten months later.
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  • 1775
    When Congress recessed on August 1, 1775, Hancock took the opportunity to wed his fiancée, Dorothy "Dolly" Quincy.
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    With the war underway, Hancock made his way to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia with the other Massachusetts delegates. On May 24, 1775, he was unanimously elected President of the Continental Congress, succeeding Peyton Randolph after Henry Middleton declined the nomination.
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    After attending the Provincial Congress in Concord in April 1775, Hancock and Samuel Adams decided that it was not safe to return to Boston before leaving for Philadelphia.
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    Before Hancock reported to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, the Provincial Congress unanimously reelected him as their president in February 1775.
    Hancock was one of Boston's leaders during the crisis that led to the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War in 1775.
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  • 1774
    Hancock's multiple roles gave him enormous influence in Massachusetts, and as early as January 1774 British officials had considered arresting him.
    On December 1, 1774, the Provincial Congress elected Hancock as a delegate to the Second Continental Congress to replace James Bowdoin, who had been unable to attend the first Congress because of illness.
    Over the next few months, Hancock was disabled by gout, which would trouble him with increasing frequency in the coming years. By March 5, 1774, he had recovered enough to deliver the fourth annual Massacre Day oration, a commemoration of the Boston Massacre.
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  • 1773
    But whatever their differences, Hancock and Adams came together again in 1773 with the renewal of major political turmoil.
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  • 1772
    Hutchinson had dared to hope that he could win over Hancock and discredit Adams. To some, it seemed that Adams and Hancock were indeed at odds: when Adams formed the Boston Committee of Correspondence in November 1772 to advocate colonial rights, Hancock declined to join, creating the impression that there was a split in the Whig ranks.
    In April 1772, Hutchinson approved Hancock's election as colonel of the Boston Cadets, a militia unit whose primary function was to provide a ceremonial escort for the governor and the General Court.
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  • 1770
    The British troops remained, however, and tensions between soldiers and civilians eventually resulted in the killing of five civilians in the Boston Massacre of March 1770.
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  • 1768
    The second trial began in October 1768, when charges were filed against Hancock and five others for allegedly unloading 100 pipes of wine from the Liberty without paying the duties.
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    The next incident proved to be a major event in the coming of the American Revolution. On the evening of May 9, 1768, Hancock's sloop Liberty arrived in Boston Harbor, carrying a shipment of Madeira wine.
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    On April 9, 1768, two customs employees (called tidesmen) boarded Hancock's brig Lydia in Boston Harbor.
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  • 1766
    After Bostonians learned of the impending repeal of the Stamp Act, Hancock was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in May of 1766.
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  • 1765
    Hancock emerged as a leading political figure in Boston just as tensions with Great Britain were increasing. In March 1765, he was elected as one of Boston's five selectmen, an office previously held by his uncle for many years.
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  • 1764
    When Thomas Hancock died in August 1764, John inherited the business, Hancock Manor, two or three household slaves, and thousands of acres of land, becoming one of the wealthiest men in the colonies.
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  • 1762
    He became a member of the Masonic Lodge of St. Andrew in October 1762, which connected him with many of Boston's most influential citizens.
  • 1760
    From 1760 to 1761, Hancock lived in England while building relationships with customers and suppliers.
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  • 1750
    After graduating from the Boston Latin School in 1750, Hancock enrolled in Harvard College and received a bachelor's degree in 1754.
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  • 1744
    After Hancock's father died in 1744, John was sent to live with his uncle and aunt, Thomas Hancock and Lydia (Henchman) Hancock.
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  • 1737
    According to the Gregorian calendar, John Hancock was born on January 23, 1737; according to the Julian calendar then in use, the date was January 12, 1736.
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