Laurens, Henry – Founding Father


This Henry Laurens history mug is one of a collection of U.S. Continental and Confederation Congress biographical mugs.  An image of Henry Laurens and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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A Founding Father, Henry Laurens was a merchant, slave trader, and rice planter from South Carolina.  He was a political leader during the Revolutionary War.  As a delegate to the Second Continental Congress, Laurens succeeded John Hancock as its 5th president.  He was a signatory to the Articles of Confederation and, as president, presided over its passage.  The British charged him with treason and he was transported to England and imprisoned in the Tower of London.  Henry Laurens is the only American to have been held in the tower. In 1781, he was released in exchange for General Lord Cornwallis and completed his voyage to Amsterdam where he helped raise funds for the American effort.  In 1783, he was sent to Paris as one of the peace commissioners for negotiations leading to the Treaty of Paris.

The Continental Congress met between 1774 – 1781. After the Articles of Confederation went into effect in 1781, it became the Confederation Congress.  These were the governing bodies of the United States during the American Revolution.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

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  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
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