American civil leaders, such as Patrick Henry and Paul Revere, played important roles in the fight to gain independence. This section contains information about some of the people involved in the birth of the new country.


John Hancock

Hancock, John (1737-1793), a United States patriot and statesman. His bold signature was the first to be affixed to the Declaration of Independence-the term "John Hancock" is still a popular expression for a signature.

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