Hancock, John M., was born at Chicago, Ill., October 17, 1860, a son of William T. Hancock and Maria H. Samways, both deceased. John M. Hancock attended the public schools at Niagara Falls, and later De Veaux College. At the age of sixteen he entered the office of Pierce, Howard & Company in Niagara Falls, Ontario, wholesale dealers in coal and private bankers, where he remained until 1887, when he launched out in the same line of business with G. H. & W. S. Pierce, in Niagara Falls, N. Y., in which business he still continues alone. Mr. Hancock is one of the leading (young) business men of Niagara Falls, highly respected by all who know him. September 6, 1887, he married Kate W. Pomroy, and they have two children. Mr. Hancock is an ex-member of the Board of Education, also an ex-member of Rescue Hook and Ladder Company after serving for five years, and an ex-member of the 42d Separate Co., N. G. N. Y., after serving as a non-commissioned and commissioned officer, for eleven years.
Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897
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