“John who,” you say? John Hanson was a Charles County planter and Revolutionary War-era leader who held a variety of political posts, culminating in a one-year term as president of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation. He is, thus, sometimes referred to as America’s first president, but that rather outrageously overstates the importance of the position in the scheme of our flawed pre-Constitution government and of that government in American history, other than as an object lesson in how not to run a country. He’s not nearly so prominent as Maryland’s other representative in Statuary Hall, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence and hence an important symbol of Maryland’s legacy of promoting religious tolerance. All else aside, Hanson has had a century-long run in the Capitol and represents the same era as Carroll. In addition to reflecting the contributions of women and minorities to Maryland (and American) history, a Tubman statue would symbolize a different era in Maryland history.