HANSON, John (1715-1783)

HANSON, JOHN, (grandfather of Alexander Contee Hanson), a Delegate from Maryland; born at Mulberry Grove, near Port Tobacco, Charles County, Md., April 3, 1715; pursued an academic course; engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the State house of delegates for nine terms; member of the State senate 1757-1773; moved to Frederick County in 1773; delegate to the General Congress at Annapolis in 1774; treasurer of Frederick County in 1775; member of the Maryland convention of 1775; Member of the Continental Congress 1780-1782; elected President of the Continental Congress on November 5, 1781; signer of the Articles of Confederation of the United States; died at the residence of his nephew at Oxon Hill, Prince Georges County, Md., November 22, 1783.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Nathanael Greene Papers, 1775-1785, 1 linear foot.
Correspondents include John Hanson. A finding aid and index is available in the Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room. The collection is also available on microfilm.


Wisconsin Historical Society
Archives Division
Madison, WI
Papers: 1782, 0.1 cubic foot.
A proclamation adopted by the U.S. Congress at Philadelphia, for a day of thanksgiving in November, signed by John Hanson.

  • Cavanaugh, John W. Our Two First Presidents, John Hanson--George Washington. The Gold Book of United States History, Full of Gold Nuggets. [New York?: N.p., 1932.
  • John Hanson, President of the United States in Congress Assembled, 1781-1782. Baltimore: Cushing, [1892?].
  • Johnson, Amandus. John Hanson: First President of the United States Under the Articles of Confederation. [Philadelphia: Swedish Colonial Society, 1966].
  • Kremer, J. Bruce. John Hanson of Mulberry Grove. New York: A. & C. Boni, Inc., 1938.
  • Levering, Ralph B. ``John Hanson, Public Servant.'' Maryland Historical Magazine 71 (Summer 1976): 113-33.
  • Nelson, Jacob A. John Hanson and the Inseparable Union; An Authentic Biography of a Revolutionary Leader, Patriot and Statesman. Boston: Meador Publishing Company, 1939.
  • Scharf, J. Thomas (John Thomas). Essay on John Hanson. N.p., 1892.
  • Smith, Seymour Wemyss. John Hanson, Our First President. New York: Brewer, Warren, and Putnam, 1932.
  • Stoeckel, Herbert J. The Strange Story of John Hanson, First President of the United States; A Guide to Oxon Hill Manor and Mulberry Grove in Maryland. 1956. Reprint, Hartford, Conn.: Hanson House, 1958.