John Hancock is best known for his first and largest signature on the Declaration of Independence. He was also Massachusetts’ first governor and the previous land owner of Beacon Hill where the “New” Massachusetts State House was built. Governor Sam Adams laid the cornerstone in 1798. A famous Bostonian company, Paul Revere and Sons, covered the wooden dome with copper. Today, it still glows from the gold re-gilding in 1997. This Bulfinch main entrance (named after the architect) is only used when the U.S. President arrives and on the Governor’s last day in office. Massachusetts became the 6th state on February 6, 1788.