BRIGGS, John Hanna, son of Joseph Briggs and Caroline E. Hanna, was born in 1815, at Silvers Spring, Cumberland county, Pa. His ancestors were of English descent and early settlers in Pennsylvania. He received a classical education and was a graduate of Rutger’s College, New Jersey. Returning to Harrisburg, where his parents had made their home, he began the study of law with James McCormick, then one of the leading lawyers at the capital, and was admitted to the Dauphin county bar April 18, 1837, and at once entered upon a successful practice of his profession. Mr. Briggs took a prominent interest in municipal affairs, was nine years a member of borough council, of which body he was eight years president. He was a director of the old Harrisburg Bank, of the Harrisburg Bridge Company, and president of the First National Bank of Harrisburg at the time of his death, which took place March 29, 1872, in the fifty-seventh year of his age. "He had gained," says Rev. Dr. Robinson, "the reputation of a wise and able counselor, and an untarnished name. He was a most upright citizen, useful, patriotic and public-spirited. He was a true friend, generous and forbearing. His social qualities and gentlemanly bearing surrounding him with friends." Mr. Briggs married Julian Tod, daughter of Judge John Tod and Mary R. Hanna.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 12 Nov 2000
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