Saturday, August 08, 2009

Here stood the residence of John Hancock.....

John Hancock is one of the icons of the American revolution. He was a wealthy merchant and politician, and the first governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. His flamboyant signature on the Declaration of Independence made his name synonymous with signature. His residence was located on Beacon Hill, by today's State Capitol building. At this location you find this marker.

HERE STOOD THE RESIDENCE OF JOHN HANCOCK A PROMINENT AND PATRIOTIC MERCHANT OF BOSTON. THE FIRST SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE AND FIRST GOVERNOR OF MASSACHUSETTS UNDER THE STATE CONSTITUTION.

Above you see one of a very few photos of the building, taken in 1860. It was a large building, 56 ft. long, built in solid granite from Quincy.

Information states that his house was built 1737. It was the first house west of the summit of Beacon Hill and erected by Thomas Hancock, John's uncle. It was left to his widow, Lydia Henchman and was taken over by John Hancock in the year the Declaration was signed in 1776.

Sadly it was torn down in 1863, after a heated discussion on whether to preserve it as historic landmark or not. The only thing left is the empty space that once housed this beautiful building. The controversy around the preservation of the house of John Hancock did, however, save other historic landmark from the same fate.

Read more on the Hancock Manor here

See maps of hotels, restaurants, and sights of New England here

(Photo of house: Boston Public Library)

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