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Editor says, what if George Washington had died after Philadelphia? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the American Heroes thread.
In 1737,on this day American merchant and statesman John Hancock was born in Braintree in the Province of Massachusetts Bay.
Birth of John Hancock, ReduxA prominent Patriot of the American Revolution, he served as the President of the Continental Congress and placed the most prominent signature on the Declaration of Independence.
However his final years were marred with bitter disappointment. After the demise of General Washington in the tragedy at Elk River, he emerged as an expedient choice for successor candidate. But his national leadership was overwhelmed by determined challenges to the ratification process.
It soon began to appear distinctly possible that two nations might emerged from the crisis, a northern Federalist state led by John Adams, and an anti-Federalist country led by Thomas Jefferson and his lieutenant James Madison. Not being a conviction Federalist, this ideological division paralyzed his figurehead-style candidacy. And without a robust doctrine he also lacked the moral authority of the illustrious Father of the Nation. By the time of his premature death in 1793, he was a marginalized figure out of time. An echo of revolutionary fervour inadequately equipped to confront the challenges of self-rule. An installment from the American Heroes thread
Editor says, A variant to Robbie Taylor's version Birth of John Hancock in which the revolution heads north into Canada after the troubles in the Colonies end AND Eric Lipps President John Hancock in which Washington refuses the Presidency. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.