Hancock, John. Born in 1737. American politician. Was one of the leaders in the revolt in Massachusetts, the seizure of his sloop, "The Liberty," being the occasion of a riot in Boston. He was very active in denouncing the "Boston Massacre," and was one of the persons whose seizure was attempted by the expedition which led to the Lexington affair. He was president of the Continental Congress from 1775-77, and governor of Massachusetts, 1780-84 and 1787-93. Died 1793.