John Hancock is born, January 23rd, 1737
He was only seven years old when his father died and he was sent to live with his wealthy uncle, the revered shipping tycoon Thomas Hancock. John was raised as a child of great privilege, and after graduating from Harvard, he traveled to Britain to attend the coronation of King George III. When his uncle died, the twenty-six-year-old Hancock took control of his import-export empire and became the second-richest man in the colonies. He was known as a generous man to causes and friends—among them Samuel Adams—and eventually would become one of the primary financiers of the freedom movement.