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John Hull

Birthplace: Harborough, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Hull and Elizabeth Storer
Husband of Judith Hull
Father of Hannah Quincy Sewall
Brother of Richard Storer

Occupation: Master of the Mint, Treasurer Mass. Colony Bay 1676
Managed by: Günther Kipp
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About John Hull

John Hull (18 December 1624 – 1 October 1683) was the leading merchant and mintmaster of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He married Judith Quincy (1626–1695), daughter of Judith Pares (d. 1654) and Edmund Quincy (1602-1636), progenitors of the prestigious Quincy family.[1]

Among his apprentices was Jeremiah Dummer who became the first American-born silversmith.[2] In January 1658 he and several other men made a large land acquisition in Rhode Island known as the "Pettaquamscutt Purchase."[3]


  • Emigrated to this country from England in 1635. A founder of First Church in Boston and maker of silver for it and many other churches in partnership with Robert Sanderson. From his services in coining the famous pine-tree, oak, and willow shillings and pence, and from his work as goldsmith, Hull became wealthy and established himself as one of the important merchants of the colony, with interests in shipping.
  • Apprenticed about 1639 to Richard Storer in Boston MA 1In his diary, preserved at the American Antiquarian Society, he noted, "After a little keeping at school I was taken to help my father plant corn, which I attended to for several years together; and then by God's good hand I fell to learning by help of my brother {i.e. half brother Richard Storer] and to practice the trade of goldsmith."
  • John married Judith Quincy, daughter of Edmund Quincy and Judith Pares, on 11 May 1647 in Boston MA. (Judith Quincy was born on 3 Sep 1626 in Achurch Northamptonshire England, died on 22 Jun 1695 in Boston MA and was buried on 24 Jun 1695 in Hull's Tomb Boston MA.)
  • Master of the Mint
  • Treasurer of the Colony of Mass Bay 1676
  • Assistant 1683

Notes and references

  1. Massachusetts Historical Society: Quincy, Wendell, Holmes, and Upham Family Papers, 1633-1910
  2. Dummer, Michael (June 2005). "5: Richard and Early Days in New England". The Family of Dummer (7th ed.). pp. 26–27.
  3. "Kingston Congregational Church Collection". Retrieved 2011-08-15. Studies on John Hull, the Mint, and the Economics of Massachusetts Coinage


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John Hull's Timeline

December 18, 1624
Harborough, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom
February 14, 1658
Age 33
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
October 1, 1683
Age 58
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts