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the most eminent merchant of New England, and was disWol. I.-A

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HANCOCK.

John HAN.cock, son of a gentleman of the same name, was born in the year 1737, in the colony of Massachusetts. The habitation of his father was situated near the present village of Quincy, and is now annexed to the estate of John Adams, former president of the United States. This same village gave birth to his friend and colleague, Samuel Adams; and, besides furnishing two of our chief magistrates, may be noted for the production of three of the most distinguished characters of the revolution.

His grandfather, who resided for half a century in the county of Middlesex, and in that part which is since called Lexington, was a clergyman of good reputation. His father was raised to the same profession, and is said to have acquired also, a great ascendant in the esteem and affections of his parishioners. He is especially praised for his devotion to learning; and the literary institutions of his native state have derived several signal benefits from his patronage and benefactions.

In the enumeration of his ancestors, as far back as our information extends, his paternal uncle appears to merit the most conspicuous and grateful recollection. This gentleman, by his industry and a series of prosperous enterprises, from a condition of fortune extremely humble and obscure became the most eminent merchant of New England, and was dis

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