Remembering John Hanson illuminates a Revolutionary War figure and Founding Father who served as first president of the original United States government chartered under the Articles of Confederation. The biography is the first in over seventy years and illustrates why some Americans selected Hanson as their choice to be the nation's first president. Remembering John Hanson brings to light the story of the destruction of Hanson's tomb in the 1980s and the author's rediscovery of its site while working on the book. Well-researched and revelatory, the book also addresses current efforts to rekindle the nation's memory of Hanson and to dispel odd Internet myths that have arisen about him in recent years. The book has received two national book awards in biography: the 2013 eLit Silver Prize in Biography and the 2013 USA Book Awards Finalist Prize in Biography.
Peter H. Michael, a descendant of John Hanson, is cofounder and president of the John Hanson Memorial Association, Inc., a national body commemorating President Hanson's life, presidency, and nation-saving accomplishments. The Association sponsors the John Hanson National Memorial and the Jane Hanson National Memorial, both in Frederick, Maryland. He serves as publisher of Underground Railroad Free Press, and as president of Michael Strategic Analysis, a strategic planning, market research, and litigation support firm. Michael has also served with the United Nations and the Population Council in Asia. Other recent books include An American Family of the Underground Railroad; Guide to Freedom: Rediscovering the Underground Railroad; and Palace of Yawns, a 365-day Southeast Asia journal at the end of the Viet Nam War. He was educated at the University of Maryland, Berkeley, and Princeton. Michael and his wife, a painter and civic leader, are the seventh Michael generation at Cooling Springs Farm, founded in 1768, an Underground Railroad historic site near Adamstown, Maryland. Books available for purchase and signing at the lecture.