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John Hancock

Posted in Granary Burial Ground with tags on March 28, 2014 by Cade

hancock1January 23, 1737 – October 8, 1793

The first governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, president of the Second Continental Congress and an important figure in the American Revolutionary War, John Hancock could be remembered for a number of things. But, it is, of course, his giant signature on the Declaration of Independence (he was the first to sign it) for which is is most closely associated. So much so, that the term “John Hancock” is nearly synonymous with “signature” in the U.S. even today. Hancock was a wealthy businessman in Boston who was involved with local politics. He worked closely with his mentor, Samuel Adams, and dealt directly with the aftermath of many of the pivotal pre-Revolution events such as the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party. He was an immensely popular figure in Massachusetts, yet upon his death at the age of 56, and despite a grand state funeral, his legacy quickly faded with history. In fact, his now-unmissable grave marker wasn’t even installed until a century after his death. History can be cruel.  At least he had that signature that was sure to live on.

Burial

The Granary Burial Ground – Boston, MA

Specific Location

At the southwestern end of the cemetery, Hancock’s large monument is right along the fence.

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Samuel Adams

Posted in Granary Burial Ground with tags on March 5, 2014 by Cade

00d/25/arve/g2396/015September 27, 1722 – October 2, 1803

Politician. Statesman. Founding Father. Future Beer Magnate? Well, the first three, anyway. Samuel Adams was a key figure in the lead up to the American Revolutionary War. A failed businessman, Adams turned his attention to politics (naturally) where he became involved in local Boston tax collecting. Ironically, it would be taxes imposed from Great Britain that would spur Adams – and many others – to begin the long and bloody process of gaining independence. He was a prominent player in the famous “Boston Tea Party” of 1773. He also participated in both the First and Second Continental Congress meetings that led to the Declaration of Independence. After the war, he went on to serve as the governor of Massachusetts. He died at the age of 81 after struggling with tremors for the later years of his life. And, while his family WAS involved in brewing of beer back in the day, it wasn’t until some 180 years after his death that Sam Adams’ name would be used in actual brewing.

Burial

The Granary Burial Ground – Boston, MA

Specific Location

In the front of the cemetery, on the west side of the sidewalk. Sam’s headstone is clearly visible from the street outside the fence.

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Paul Revere

Posted in Granary Burial Ground with tags on January 21, 2014 by Cade

revere2December 21, 1734 – May 10, 1818

“The Midnight Ride” of Paul Revere is one of the most famous moments in American history. Revere, a Boston silversmith, alerted the colonial militias – along with fellow-Patriot, William Dawes – that the British army was mobilizing toward the caches of weapons in Concord. His warning prefaced the first skirmishes in the American Revolutionary War. It was immortalized by poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and has become nothing short of legend in the States. Revere himself went on to serve in the war before returning to his craft and was a pioneer in modern manufacturing and artisan techniques.  To this day, you can’t visit Boston without tripping over nearly every aspect of Revere’s life.

Burial

The Granary Burial Ground – Boston, MA

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Specific Location

At the back of the cemetery; his grave is a focal point of the small historic cemetery and is easy to find.

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