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Hancock felt he was the right man to head the Continental Army. When he was not appointed to lead this force, he resigned from Congress and took charge of the Massachusetts militia. Although he was a devoted patriot, Hancock was not a great military commander. Nevertheless, he made many sacrifices in the name of independence, rather than live quietly on the sidelines in his fine home, where he could enjoy all the comforts his great wealth could afford.