John Adams was one of John Hancock’s best friends as a child and on into adulthood.9 Hancock and Adams were taught by Joseph Marsh when they were younger. His uncle sent him to a school in
Boston – the South Grammar School, now known as the Boston Public Latin School. 10 At this school he learned Latin and penmanship, which is most likely why his signature is so exquisitely written. In 1750, he entered Harvard College at the age of thirteen. He graduated in 1754 at the age of seventeen and became a clerk in his uncle’s shipping business. John did such a good job that his uncle sent him on a business trip to England in 1760. While there, King George II died, therefore, John was privileg...
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...sts closer and closer together. What actually, officially united the colonies and colonists together was when England, in retaliation to the Boston Tea Party, formed and passed the Boston Port Bill on March 31, 1774, which blockaded the Boston Port.
In September 1774, Samuel Adams was a delegate of the First Continental Congress which met in Philadelphia, but Hancock stayed in Massachusetts because he was left in charge of the unruly affairs that were taking place there.30
In fall of 1774 the General Assembly, in defiance of the Royal Governor, met in Concord and formed the Massachusetts First Provincial Congress and they made Hancock the President. They began to form a militia and military organization and obtained military equipment. They voted to enroll 12,000 militia that would be trained to assemble at a minutes notice; they were called Minute Men.31
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