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John Hancock Dies

John Hancock, statesman and outspoken patriot, was born in Braintree, Massachusetts on January 23, 1737. Hancock was one of the richest men in the colonies and used his wealth to support the colonial cause during a time of much political unrest against British rule.

John Hancock is most remembered as the first signer of the Declaration of Independence, especially because his signature was so large and extravagant on the document. For this reason, “John Hancock” has become a name synonymous with the word signature, specifically in the United States.

Hancock acted as president of the 2nd Continental Congress and served as the governor of Massachusetts for two non-consecutive terms. He died on October 8, 1793 at the age of 56.

Sources: Biography, Wikipedia

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National Handwriting Day

January 23 is National Handwriting Day!

In the digital age that we live in where almost everything is done electronically, National Handwriting Day asks us to go back to our roots and put pen to paper. The holiday was introduced by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association in 1977 in an effort to encourage the use of pens and pencils.

January 23 is also the birth date of John Hancock, who is identified as the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence. His flamboyant autograph is so famous, that John Hancock has become synonymous with the word ‘signature’.

Celebrate National Handwriting Day by practicing your own John Hancock or writing out a letter to a friend or family member. Emails and text messages can’t compare with the personal touch of a handwritten note!

Enter Pentel’s National Handwriting Day Contest.

Sources: Altius Directory

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