John Hancock

Full Name: John Hancock
Date of birth: October 24, 1824
Date of death: July 19, 1893

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Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 57 Jan 22, 1861 - Mar 18, 1861 8th (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)     Austin / Travis   Travis

(1) Hancock elected to the legislature on the Union ticket. Bench and Bar of Texas, 1885.
(2) "Hancock was elected to the Texas legislature as a Unionist in 1860. During the Civil War he was an avowed Union man but took no part in active hostilities. In March 1861 as a member of the legislature he declined to take the oath of allegiance to the Confederate States and was expelled from the legislature." Handbook of Texas Online.
(3) Hancock not present at the organization of the House for the Adjourned Session on 3/18/1861; name not listed in roll call; no votes recorded. House Journal.
(4) John Hancock, sworn 1/22/1861, succeeded Robert J. Townes, resigned after Regular Session. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(5) Included on list of leaders of the Texas Constitutional Union Party in 1860. The party was formed in January of 1860. "The Constitutional Union Party in Texas," Vol. 82, No. 3, p. 238, 256-262. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.

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Biographical Sketches

Other Resources

  • Hancock served on the executive committee of the Constitutional Union Party in 1860. "The Constitutional Union Party in Texas," Vol. 82, No. 3, pp. 243-244. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
  • In June of 1855, the Know-Nothing party announced its first slate of state candidates. "Heading the ticket for governor was Lieutenant Governor David C. Dickson of Grimes County . . . Also announced as Know Nothing candidates were . . . John Hancock of Travis. "An Analysis of the Texas Know Nothings," Vol. 70, No. 3, p. 415. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
  • Included on list of "Texas Know Nothing Leaders with a Summary of Biographical Data Taken from the . . . United States Eighth Census, 1860." The party was active at the state level in Texas in 1855 and 1856. "By 1857 the party had virtually disappeared in Texas." "An Analysis of the Texas Know Nothings," Vol. 70, No. 3, pp. 414-423. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
  • Delegate to Constitutional Convention, 1866. Journal of the Texas State Convention: Assembled at Austin, Feb. 7, 1866. Adjourned April 2, 1866, pp. 3-5. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2009.

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