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Military Commission Document Signed By John Hancock

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Military Commission Document Signed By John Hancock as governor of Masschusetts. Hancock is the most well known signer of the Declaration of Independence. His signature is as large and bold on this document as it was in 1776.

 

Two other signatures of note appear on this document.  Colonel Ebenezer Crafts (1740-1810) was a captain in the American Revolution and was active in the repression of Shay's rebellion in Western Mass. He was founder of Craftsbury, Vermont and the Leicester Academy.

 

John Avery, Jr. was a member of the Sons of Liberty. He served 1776-1780 as Deputy Secretary of the Province of Massachusetts Bay under Samuel Adams. He defeated Adams at the polls to become 1st Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth in 1780 and held the office until his death in 1806.

 

Document is in excellent condition with 3 vertical folds and one horizontal fold visible. Minor stains appear along bottom edge. Document measures 16 x 12 inches. Attractively framed with both sides of document visible. Frame measures 19 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches.

 

 

 

 

 

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