John L. Hancock
|John L. Hancock|
|Occupation||Former President Of The Chicago Board Of Trade|
As president of the Chicago Board of Trade and a leader packer, Hancock was involved in the decision to clean up the Chicago River by changing the direction of the river's flow.
He was born in Buxton, ME in 1812 and started in the beef-packing business in West Brook, ME. He later formed a partnership with Cragin & Co. of New York and went to Chicago as their western representative.
Because of his support for the Union cause during the U.S. Civil War, he was honored by the naming of a Camp Hancock, located a few hundred yards south of Camp Douglas.
Hancock served on the building committee that oversaw construction of a new building following the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
He died in 1890 and is buried in the Oak Woods Cemetery near the Confederate Mound in Chicago.
- Obituary. New York Times.
- Chicago's Pride: The Stockyards, Packingtown, and Environs in the Nineteenth. Google Books.
- Illinois Independent Artillery Regiment History Chicago Board of Trade Light Artillery. The Illinois USGenWeb Project.
- History of the Chicago Board of Trade Battery. Google Books.
- THE CAIRO EXPEDITION. Chicago Literary Club.
- Camp Douglas: Chicago's Civil War prison. Google Books.
- History of Chicago, Volume 3. Google Books.
- The Lakeside annual directory of the City of Chicago. Google Books.