Hancock, Thomas(1703–64) merchant; born in present-day Lexington, Mass. He established himself in bookselling and in the merchant trade. He furnished supplies to British forces in Nova Scotia (1746–58) and the ships for the removal of the Acadians (1755). He left his estate to his nephew, John Hancock.
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