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In all of American history there are many men who stand out and emphasize the history of our country John Hancock is one of those extraordinary men that stand out Johns life began on January 23 1737 in Braintree Massachusetts John was the middle child of three He was the son of Rev John Hancock born on June 1 1702 in Lexington Massachusetts and son of Mary Hawke born on October 13 1711 in Hingham Massachusetts Mary was once married before she married John Hancock Sr Her previous marriage ended in her former husbands death Rev John Hancock was well-liked by his parish was paid well and was provided a very comfortable home In return of their generosity he was a faithful shepherd He kept an attentive watch over the morals and religious well-being of all members of the parish Ever since Johns Jr birth it was believed that he would go to Harvard At the age of six his parents sent him to a local private school Later he was sent to another school in which he met John Adams with whom he struck up a casual acquaintance Like all the other children in town he learned the basics of reading writing and math All things seemed to go well until the spring of 1774 His father came down with an illness and died His sadness grew because they would have to move Marys parents were both dead and a very difficult decision to move would have to be made Her anxiety to make that decision was lessened by the invitation from the bishop and his wife to live with them in Lexington A year later John was sent away to live with his uncle Thomas and aunt Lydia and to attend the Boston Latin School This move altered John Hancocks life and altered the history of America The August he arrived John went with his uncle and applied to the school
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