Correction on previous post- “National Handwriting Day” and John Hancock’s birthday is actually January 23rd (not the 26th). Yet since I have your attention, allow me to offer the added bonus to “Look and Touch History with John Hancock’s Original Quill.” This project was designed by middle-school student, Ken Ellis back in 2015. Master Ellis […]
National Handwriting Day
Today, National Handwriting Day, is John Hancock’s birthday. John Hancock was a patriot, a rabble-rouser, the first and third governor of Massachusetts, and yet he is best remembered for his large flamboyant signature on the Declaration of Independence. Hancock’s handwriting matched his personality. As the very first signer on the Declaration of Independence, he declared, […]
The handwriting of The Declaration of Independence
July 4, 2012 This holiday gives me a perfect opportunity to discuss the lovely handwriting behind The Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft. Corrections were made by Adams and Franklin and then the document was passed on to Timothy Matlack to engross. Timothy Matlack (1730-1829) was a delegate to The Continental Congress […]
Happy Birthday John Hancock!
Happy Birthday John Hancock! John Hancock, the prominent statesman and patriot, was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence. As he signed on a blank space, his script is the “most flamboyant and easily recognizable” of all the names. His beautiful signature or “John-Hancock” has become synonymous for signing one’s name. With pen in […]