Professor/author Wiliam M. Fowler Jr. is delivering a free lecture entitled “The Baron of Beacon Hill: John Hancock,” on June 29 at the Quincy Historical Society, to be followed by the Hancock Carriage Display at the Dorothy Quincy Homestead.

The public is invited to hear the story of the son of an early Braintree (later Quincy) minister who became one of Boston's great merchant princes as well as a legendary statesman who helped lead a revolution, signed a sacred American document, and was elected governor of Massachusetts several times.

On Saturday, June 29, William M. Fowler, Jr., former director of the Massachusetts Historical Society, distinguished professor of history emeritus at Northeastern University, and noted author, will deliver a free lecture entitled “The Baron of Beacon Hill: John Hancock” at the Quincy Historical Society. The lecture will be held at the site of the former Adams Academy on 8 Adams St. in Quincy from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Parking will be available at the rear of the building.

After the lecture, plan to visit the Dorothy Quincy Homestead on 34 Butler Road in Quincy to view the historic Hancock chariot that was lovingly restored and sits in the property’s coach house.

The chariot, built in England circa 1777, was captured by American privateers and presented to Hancock. After his death, the chariot passed to Dorothy Quincy Hancock’s niece and eventually was inherited by Eliza Wendell Quincy Clapp, who was living in Portland, Maine.

Converted to a horse-drawn sleigh in the 19th century, the chariot was conserved in 2014 with a grant from the Quincy Community Preservation Committee. The coach house will be open from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

The lecture is sponsored by the Quincy Homestead Committee and the National Society of the Colonial Dames in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and co-hosted by the Quincy Historical Society.

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