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Hanover Resolves

  • US Rt. 22 Grantville, PA 17028

The earliest resolves in Pennsylvania for independence against Great Britain were drawn on June 4, 1774 in Hanover Township by a group of eight men led by Colonel Timothy Green. The resolves consisted of five statements that reflected the colonists’ growing frustration with British government. First, that the laws passed by Parliament were unjust and oppressive to the colonists, second that it was the duty of the colonists to oppose such laws, third that a closer unity among the colonies would better protect all inhabitants, and fourth should Great Britain attempt to uphold the laws of Parliament with military force the colonists would commit their cause to “heaven and our rifles”. The final resolve called for a nine member committee to be elected that would act on behalf of the colonists of Hanover Township.