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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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HAN BIOGRAPHIES

SERVICE: Conventions, Worcester County, 3rd,
1774, 5th, 1775, 6th-8th, 1775-1776, 9th, 1776
(election voided on August 15, 1776, because voter
qualifications had not been ascertained as pre-
scribed by the 8th Convention resolves; reelected
and seated); Lower House, Worcester County,
1781-1782 (Public Taxes 2). LOCAL OFFICES: All
Hallow's Parish Vestry, Worcester County, in of-
fice 1773; justice, Worcester County, commis-
sioned 1775, 1777, and 1784 (did not qualify);
commissioner of tax, Worcester County, 1777-at
least 1798. MILITARY SERVICE: colonel, Synnapux-
ent Battalion, Worcester County Militia, commis-
sioned 1777. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: assessed value £727.0.0,
including 24 slaves and 22 oz. plate, 1783; 35
slaves, 1790. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 815 acres
in Somerset and Worcester counties (all by per-
sonal acquisition). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN

LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH:

purchased 3,596 acres and sold 940 acres in
Worcester County, 1783-1828. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: will probated on June 10, 1828, in
Worcester County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV,
$5,819.97 (including 14 slaves and more than 16
books); FB, $4,811.10. LAND: at least 3,476 acres
in Worcester County.

HANSON, ALEXANDER CONTEE (1749-
1806). BORN: on October 22, 1749, in Charles
County; eldest son. NATIVE probably fourth gen-
eration. RESIDED: in Frederick County; Church
Street, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, ca. 1778
until death. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: John
Hanson, Jr. (1721-1783). MOTHER: Jane (1728-
1812), daughter of Alexander Contee (ca. 1691-
1740). BROTHERS: John (1753-1760); Samuel
(1756-1781); and Peter Contee (1758-1776). SIS-
TERS Catherine Contee (1744-?); Jane Contee
(1747-1781), who married Dr. Philip Thomas
(1747-1815); Elizabeth (1751-1753); and Grace
(1762-1763). MARRIED on June 4, 1778, Rebecca
Howard (1758-1806). CHILDREN. SONS. Charles
Wallace, associate judge, Sixth Judicial District;
Alexander Contee, Jr. (1786-1819), of Rockville,
Montgomery County, a lawyer who established
and edited the Federal Republican, was an unsuc-
cessful candidate for the Lower House in 1816,
elected as a Federalist to the Thirteenth and Four-
teenth Congress, 1813-1816, elected to U.S. Sen-
ate, 1816-1819, and who married on June 25,
1805, Priscilla Dorsey. DAUGHTER: (first name
unknown), who married Thomas Peabody Grosve-
nor, of New York. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION:
educated at the College of Philadelphia; later stud-

ied law. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant. SO-
CIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Esq., 1801. OCCU-
PATIONAL PROFILE, lawyer, admitted to the
following courts: Frederick County in March
1773; Provincial Court in April 1773; Charles
County by November 1773; Prince George's
County in March 1774. Assistant private secretary
to Gen. George Washington, 1776; officeholder.
He compiled the Laws of Maryland (Annapolis,
1787), which included acts passed from November
1763 to 1784; authored numerous political pam-
phlets, as well as a compilation of the state's testa-
mentary laws, published in Annapolis in 1798.
PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Conven-
tion, Frederick County, 1st, 1774. OTHER STATE
OFFICES: clerk of the Senate, elected 1777, resigned
1778; judge, General Court, 1778-1789; Constitu-
tion Ratification Convention, Annapolis, 1788;
chancellor and judge, Land Office, 1789-1806;
presidential elector, 1789, 1792. LOCAL OFFICES:
Committee of Observation, Frederick County,
elected 1774 and 1775. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRI-
VATE ISSUES: writing under the pseudonym "Aris-
tides," he was an articulate supporter for the rati-
fication of the U.S. Constitution. WEALTH DURING

LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed value

£246.13.4, including 2 slaves and 40 oz. plate,
Anne Arundel County, 1783. LAND AT FIRST
ELECTION: 364 acres in Frederick County, plus 2
lots in Annapolis. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN

LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH:

patented 64 acres and sold at least 109 acres in
Frederick County, and rented 2 lots in Annapolis,
1775-1807. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: on January
16, 1806, in Annapolis, of apoplexy. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: TEV, at least $4,838.72 (including 11
slaves, 55 volumes, plus a 97- volume law library);
FB, $3,476.26. LAND: probably 428 acres in Fred-
erick County, plus part of lots 48 and 49 on
Church Street, Annapolis, where he lived.

HANSON, HANS (ca. 1647-1704). BORN: ca.
1647 in Delaware Bay, New Sweden. IMMI-
GRATED: in 1653 as a minor with his parents. RE-
SIDED: in Kent County; Cecil County, by 1697/98.
FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Andrew Hanson
(?-1655). MOTHER: Annicak. MARRIED in 1679
Martha, widow of John Wells. She subsequently
married William Pott. CHILDREN. SONS. George,
who married first, (name unknown), second, Sa-
rah, daughter of Daniel Pearce (1677-1727), and
third, Jane Hynson; Frederick; William; and
H an s DAUGHTERS: Ann; Mary, who married 5t
Leger Codd (?-1730). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCA-
TION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican.

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