John Hancock (January 12, 1737 – October 8, 1793) was President of the Second Continental Congress and of the Congress of the Confederation; first Governor of the state Massachusetts; and the first person to sign the United States Declaration of Independence. He had no brothers or sisters. The Hancock family moved to the English colonies in 1652. As a child John Hancock was quite rich and had a promising future. Hancock was one of the leading merchants in Boston. Hancock was noted for throwing large parties and living large; this led to he and Samuel Adams not getting along. Hancock was President of the Continental Congress from 1775 to 1777. Late in life, Hancock had gout. Hancock died while serving his ninth term as Governor of Massachusetts.