I need your John Hancock right here - what does it mean?

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I have seen this expression couple of times and I wonder what exactly does it mean?

Expression looks like this:

Tom says to Alex: So I will need your John Hancock right here.
And Tom gives document to Alex to sign it.

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  • Meaning of this expression:
    It means that we need to sign a document at dotted line.
  • Origin of this expression:
    This expression refers to the bold signature that John Hancock wrote on the Declaration of Independence.
  • Another example:
    Just put your John Hancock on the dotted line.
  • Who was John Hancock in general? 
    John Hancock (1737 January 23 – 1793 October 8). He served as president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first and third Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
    He is remembered for his large and stylish signature on the United States Declaration of Independence, so much so that the term "John Hancock" has become a synonym in the United States for one's signature.
    John Hancock wiki article
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I've seen this expression in TV series:

Silicon Valley - The Uptick [S03E10]

The exact words were:

So we'll just need your John Hancock right here.

From VC guy to Richard Hendricks.

Don't remember the minute in this episode, but I was curious about deeper meaning of this expression and here we are :)

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