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Happy Independence Day from the GoCertify Team

How much do you know about John Hancock, the "forgotten" Founding Father? Celebrate (yes, belatedly) the U.S. observance of Independence Day with another GoCertify holiday quiz!

John Hancock was a successful Boston merchant prior to the American Revolution.Saturday was Independence Day here in the United States. When a federal holiday falls on the weekend, the offices of GoCertify are typically closed either on the preceding Friday or the following Monday. So, well, here we are. Or rather, you know, here we aren't. We're enjoying a day off.


Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. This event energized and crystallized American resistance to British rule, which had already erupted into war on April 18, 1775 and stands as a famous turning point in the history of the United States.


We'll return to our regular schedule of operations on Tuesday. Until then, why not enjoy this Independence Day-themed quiz about John Hancock, the Boston merchant and formerly famous Founding Father who is now remembered mostly for writing his name really big at the bottom of the seditious declaration.


1) Who raised John Hancock?


2) True or False: John Hancock is the namesake of the famous merchant shipping firm he operated, House of Hancock.


3) How many children did John Hancock father following his marriage to Dorothy Quincy in 1775?


4) What was John Hancock's role in the Boston Tea Party?


5) Where was John Hancock at the outbreak of the American Revolution 1775?


6) Who famously made an exception of John Hancock and fellow revolutionary Samuel Adams when offering to pardon the rebellious colonists in the aftermath of the Battle of Lexington and Concord?


7) True or False: As president of the Continental Congress in 1775, John Hancock famously believed he should be named commander-in-chief of the colonial army.


8) John Hancock's famous signature is a hallmark of the ceremonial "engrossed copy" of the Declaration of Independence, signed by delegates to the Continental Congress on Aug. 2. Who signed the original "fair copy" of the Declaration, prepared and distributed as a broadside by printer John Dunlap?


9) What ship did the United States Navy name after John Hancock?


10) True or False: Hancock Manor, the residence on Beacon Hill in Boston that Hancock inherited and where he lived out his post-revolutionary years, is now a National Historic Site.


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