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HANNAH, GEN. JOHN ANDRE, son of Rev. John Hanna and Mary McCrea, was born about 1761, at Flemington, N.J. He received a good classical education under his father, who was a most excellent tutor. He served in the war of the Revolution. Toward its close came to Pennsylvania and studied law with Stephen Chambers, of Lancaster, who acquaintance he made in the army, and was admitted to the bar of Lancaster county at November session, 1783. He located at Harrisburg upon the formation of the county of Dauphin and was among the first lawyers admitted there. He took a deep interest in early municipal affairs, and there was little transpiring looking to the welfare and development of the new town in which Mr. Hanna did not take part. His marriage with a daughter of John Harris, the founder, brought him into unusual prominence. He represented the county in the Legislature, and in 1795 elected to the United States Congress, a position he filled up to the time of his death by successive reelection. During the Whiskey Insurrection he was a brigadier general of the Pennsylvania force in command of the Second brigade, Second division. In 1800 Governor McKean commissioned him a major general in of the Third Division of the militia forces of the State. He died at Harrisburg on the 13th of July, 1805, aged forty-four years, and is buried in the cemetery there. General Hanna married Mary Harris, daughter of John Harris and Mary Read, who died August 20, 1851, in the eighty-first year of her age. They had nine children: Esther Harris, d.s.p.; Eleanor (first) d.s.p.; Sarah Eaton, married Richard T. Jacobs; Henrietta, died unmarried; Caroline Elizabeth, married Joseph Briggs; Frances Harris, married John Carson McAllister; Julian C., married John Fisher; Mary Read, married Hon. John Tod; and Eleanor (second), d.s.p.