Hancock, John

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Hancock, John definition

A political leader of the eighteenth century. He was president of the Continental Congress when the Declaration of Independence was signed, and was the first to sign it, which he did with a large, flamboyant signature.

Note: A “John Hancock” is a signature.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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