John Hancock (January 23 1737 [O.S. January 12, 1736] - October 8, 1793) was a Massachusetts merchant and prominent patriot of the American Revolution, but is most famous for his prominent signature on the United States Declaration of Independence.
Benson John Lossing, ed. Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (vol. 4) (New York, NY: Harper and Brothers, 1912)