All I ever really learned about him was that, on the Declaration of Independence, He signed his name REALLY big so that King George would be sure to see it. Now I figure it’s pretty obnoxious to be writing your name so big if you’re not prepared to play with the big boys. So, I got to wondering how much John Hancock deserved to write his name so big.
Now, this wondering that I have been doing has only been going on for about ten or fifteen minutes. All I’ve managed so far has been to read a couple of online encyclopedia articles. So I don’t have much yet. I come to y’all to fill me in with any interesting tidbits you may have (N.B. I have not been a student for six years, this ain’t a homework question).
So, from my ten minutes of research it seems he was very vocal about seceding from Great Britain, He held various public offices in Massachusetts from which he could voice his protests (including Governor), he also had money and added a lot to funding the revolution, he had ships that he strategically used to undermine the British (was indicted several times for smuggling), and he put George Washington in charge of the Army of the United Colonies.
So, it actually seems he was pretty darn important, but I bet I’m not the only person who had only thought of him as the guy with the big signature. What else should we know about him? How does his importance measure up compared to the rest of the gang?