John Hancock

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John Hancock
Presided over the
Second Continental Congress

and the
Congress of the Confederation

24 May 1775 (first term)

23 November 1785 (second term)

31 October 1777 (first term)

05 June 1786 (second term)

Vice President(s):



John Hancock (1737-1793) was a pre-Constitution president presiding over the Second Continental Congress and the Congress of the Confederation.

He served from 1775 to 1777 and officially from 1785 to 1786, but was absent for his second term due to health issues.


John Hancock signed both the Declaration of Taking Up Arms on 6 July 1775, which officially began the US Revolutionary War, and the Declaration of Independence one year later on 4 July 1776.

With the Declaration of Independence, the Second Continental Congress became the de facto government of the union.

He was in in frequent contact with George Washington after Congress appointed Washington as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army.


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Preceded by:
Peyton Randolph
US President
Succeeded by:
Henry Laurens
Preceded by:
Richard Henry Lee
US President
Succeeded by:
Nathaniel Gorham