John Hancock held the following public offices:
1765: Boston Town counsel selectman.
1765: Massachusetts representative to the Stamp Act Congress.
1766-1772: Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
1772-1774: Member of the Massachusetts General Court.
1773: Treasurer of Harvard College.
1774: President of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress
1775-1778: Member of the Second Continental Congress. President from May 1775 to October 1777 andfirst signer of the Declaration of Independence.
1776: Firs Major General of the Massachusetts Militia.
1780: Member of the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention. Ratified the Massachusetts Constitution.
1780-1785: Governor of the State of Massachusetts.
1787-1793: Governor of the State of Massachusetts.