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Pennsylvania State Senate

John Andre Hanna


Session Position District Party
1793-1794 N/A Jeffersonian Republican
 Counties   Berks, Dauphin


1761 - 1805

John André Hanna was the son of Rev. John Hanna and Mary MeCrea, born 1761 at Flemington, New Jersey.  He received a classical education; served as an executive officer in the Revolution; moved to Pennsylvania before the end of the war; graduated from Princeton College in 1782; studied law with former military colleague Stephen Chambers of Harrisburg, (then) Lancaster County.  John was admitted to the Lancaster bar in 1783, one of Harrisburg’s first attorneys with Dauphin County’s formation.  He served in numerous municipal positions; the state House of Representatives, 1790-1792; the state Senate, 1793-1794; and the U.S. House of Representatives from 1795 for the remainder of his life.  During the Whiskey Rebellion, he served as Brigadier General, Second Brigade, Second Division. In 1800, Governor McKean commissioned him a major-general of the Third Division of the Pennsylvania Militia.  He passed away in Harrisburg on July 13, 1805, at forty-four years.  Senator Hanna is interred in the old Harrisburg cemetery.  General Hanna married Mary Harris, daughter of town founder John Harris and Mary Reed.  The Hannas’ daughter, Mary Reed Hanna, married the Hon. John Tod of Bedford, Speaker of the State House of Representatives; Speaker of the Senate; and later, a congressman.