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John Hancock

John Hancock’s signature on the Declaration of Independence was very large, resulting in the modern term “put your John Hancock” which means to sign something. His signature on other documents was rather large too, but he had a particular reason for writing big on the Declaration. Signing the Declaration was an act of considerable bravery, because it would be seen by the King of England as high treason. He wanted King George III, who was farsighted, to be able to see his signature clearly.

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