John Hancock – 1/24/19

This week, it’s National Handwriting Analysis week, and the birthday of Declaration of Independence signer John Hancock.

1)  He was born in the 1600’s?

2)  He went to Harvard?

3)  His face is on the now-discontinued $10,000 bill?

4)  He was actually the first president of the United States?


1)  Fake…1737 in Braintree, Massachusetts.

2)  Fact…he was well educated and spent at the Boston Latin School, then went on to receive a Bachelors Degree in Classical Studies at Harvard in 1754.  He went on to study 4 more years in Britain.

3)  Fake…Salmon P. Chase, who was the Treasury Secretary under Lincoln, is on the bill.  They haven’t been printed since 1969.  Hancock never had his face put on U.S. currency.

4)  Fake…while he was elected as the president of the first provincial congress of the U.S. in the mid 1770’s, it is John Hanson who people claim to the be first president as he was elected to serve as the president of congress, and therefore, the U.S. after the Articles of Confederation were drawn up.  A few years later, in 1789, Washington became the first official president.