Chicago History Museum presents Unexpected Chicago. The Power of the Purse

. July 20, 2012 . 0 Comments

Chicago History Museum presents Unexpected Chicago. The Power of the Purse, John Hancock’s Billfold on Display through August, 2012. Easily recognizable by his standout signature on the Declaration of Independence, this wealthy Boston merchant was one of the most prominent founding fathers of the United States of America.

He was a political revolutionary who often hosted rallies to keep the fight for American independence on the minds of those up and down the social ranks. Then, like today, the power of the purse, in this case Hancock’s purse, tremendously affected political change. From the beginning, political sponsorship and lobbying have been hardwired into the American way.

For more information on how to see this unexpected treasure and donate to save this and other historic gems visit chicagohistory.org/unexpectedchicago

Category: Antiquities

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