1. WHO WAS THE FIRST BLACK
2. John Hanson
4. The two dollar bill shows John Hanson seated at the
Declaration of Independence
5. Fact or Fiction
George Washington was not the first President of the United States. In
fact, the first President of the United States was one John Hanson.
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The new country was actually formed on March 1, 1781 with the adoption
of The Articles of Confederation.
This document was actually proposed on June 11, 1776, but not agreed
upon by Congress until November 15, 1777. Maryland refused to sign this
document until Virginia and New York ceded their western lands
(Maryland was afraid that these states would gain too much power in the
new government from such large amounts of land).
6. John Hanson
He took office just as the Revolutionary War ended. Almost
immediately, the troops demanded to be paid. All the
members of Congress ran for their lives, leaving Hanson as
the only guy left running the government. He somehow
managed to calm the troops down and hold the country
In fact, Hanson sent 800 pounds of sterling silver by his
brother Samuel Hanson to George Washington to provide the
troops with shoes. Hanson established the Great Seal of the
United States, which all Presidents have since been required
to use on all official documents. President Hanson also
established the first Treasury Department, the first Secretary
of War, and the first Foreign Affairs Department.
7. John Hanson cont…
Lastly, he declared that the fourth Thursday of every
November was to be Thanksgiving Day, which is still true
The Articles of Confederation only allowed a President to
serve a one year term during any three year period, so
Hanson actually accomplished quite a bit in such little time.
Six other presidents were elected after him - Elias Boudinot
(1783), Thomas Mifflin (1784), Richard Henry Lee (1785),
Nathan Gorman (1786), Arthur St. Clair (1787), and Cyrus
Griffin (1788) - all prior to Washington taking office.
8. The Constitution written
So what happened, Why don't we ever hear about the first
seven Presidents of the United States?
The Articles of Confederation didn't work well. The
individual states had too much power and nothing could be
agreed upon. A new doctrine needed to be written something we know as the Constitution.
George Washington was definitely not the first President of
the United States. He was the first President of the United
States under the Constitution we follow today. And the first
seven Presidents are forgotten in history.
9. The other John Hanson
JOHN HANSON 1721-1783
10. There was another man named John Hanson who most
believe was the president as well.
11. This two dollar bill does no show the other John Hanson
12. Will the real John Hanson please stand up
John Hanson was the real first president of the United States.
This resilient myth has been around for more than one
The apparent confusion on this point arises form the fact that
the Continental Congress existed first as a revolutionary body
and then after the formal ratification of the Articles of
Confederation on March 1, 1781 as the congress of the
“Government. Most historians, however, refer to this body as
the Continental Congress during the entire period of its
existence from 1774 until 1788.”
Hanson was not the first president of the Continental
Congress, although he was one of several presidents, none of
whom were “president” of the United States. “[Hanson] has
sometimes been called the first president of the nation.
However, he was in no sense a true executive officer, as were
the presidents elected under the Federal Constitution.
So did George Washington lie to us from beginning to end.
Swedish American Aristocrat John Hanson could possibly be
the real father of our country.
14. It’s complicated
He was the heir of one of the greatest family traditions in the
colonies and became the patriarch of a long line of American
patriots – his great-grandfather died at Lutzen beside the
great King Gustavus Aldophus of Sweden; his grandfather
was one of the founders of New Sweden along the Delaware
River in Maryland; one of his nephews was the military
secretary to George Washington; another was a signer of the
Declaration; still another was a signer of the Constitution;
another was Governor of Maryland during the
Revolution; and still another was a member of the first
Congress; two sons were killed in action with the Continental
Army; a grandson served as a member of Congress under the
new Constitution; and another grandson was a Maryland
Senator. Thus, even if Hanson had not served as President
himself, he would have greatly contributed to the life of the
nation through his ancestry and progeny.