How did John Hancock die?

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John Hancock died at the age of 56 on October 8, 1793.
John Hancock's flamboyant signature on the Declaration of Independence made him an American legend. A Harvard graduate, Hancock was a prosperous Boston businessman who nonetheless favored American independence from Great Britain. He became a Massa... More>>
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John Hancock died of gout, gout is a crystal-induced arthritis.
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John Hancockwas the first signer of the Declaration of Independence. He died on October
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October 12, 1992 (age 51) in Los Angeles, California, USA
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Hancock is buried in the Old Granary Burying Ground in Boston, Massachusetts. He died in Quincy, Massachusetts on 8 October 1793, his cause of death is not known.
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Though John Hancock played a critical role in the organization of the colonies and the founding of the United States, he is most famous for his signature. It is difficult to miss John Hancock's signature when reviewing a copy of the Declaration of Independence. It is easily the most readable and recognizable one on the document. At the time of the signing, Hancock was the president of the Continental Congress. As such, he was the first to sign the document. Legend has it that Hancock signed his name so boldly because he wanted to make sure the King of England could read his name without glasses. To this day, the request to "put your John Hancock" on a document is a way of asking someone to sign it. Although Hancock had presidential aspirations when it was time to elect officials to govern the newly formed United States, he was defeated by a George Washington in the first presidential election.

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