Was john hanson the first us president?
There are some who would argue that John Hanson was the first president of the United States. He was elected as president of the Continental Congress in 1781 and served for one term.
John Hanson (14 April [O.S. 3 April] 1715 - November 22, 1783) wasa delegate to the United States in Congress Assembled fromMaryland. Because he was the first President of Congress from Maryland to serve under a fully ratified Articles ofConfederation (Maryland did not complete the process and sign… untilMarch 1, 1781), John Hanson has been called the First President ofthe United States in Congress Assembled. yes, John hanson was the very first president of the United States.While George Washington was at war, John hanson came and took overfor him. A few problems with the above (ignoring the totally wrong bitabout him taking over for Washington). 1. The President of the Continental Congress (or President of Congress ) was a totally different position thanPresident of the United States. President of Congress was aceremonial position, and held almost no power. It was simply theman chosen by the delegates to preside over the ContinentalCongress; he ensured that the delegates adhered to the agendas andrules of debate. It bore absolutely no resemblance to theposition of President of the United States other than that it had avery similar name. 2. John Hanson was not even the first President of Congress. There were MANY such Presidents before him. The first was actuallyPeyton Randolph, who was elected President of Congress in 1774-before the Revolutionary War even began! John Hancock was Presidentof Congress the longest, for almost 2.5 years, and was in thatposition when the Declaration of Independence was signed in July1776- this is probably the real reason why his name is signed muchlarger than everyone else (not the story invented later aboutmaking it big enough that the King wouldn't need his glasses). 3. John Hanson was not even the first President of Congressafter the Articles of Confederation were ratified! SamuelHuntington was the President of Congress when the Articles wereratified, and he stayed in the position for a few more months untilhe resigned due to illness. His successor refused to take theposition, and Thomas McKean wound up being the next President ofCongress (Hanson was McKean's successor). 4. Nor was John Hanson the first President of Congress when thewar ended! Thomas McKean was President when Cornwallissurrendered at Yorktown in 1781; the war technically continued,however, until 1783. Elias Boudinot was President when the Treatyof Paris was ratified in September 1783, officially ending the warand establishing the United States as an independent nation. 5. John Hanson was simply the first President of Congress whooperated strictly under the rules set down in the Articles ofConfederation. He otherwise has no claim to the title of "firstPresident of the US". The Articles set guidelines for how to choosea President of Congress and how long his term lasted, but otherwisemade no changes to the position; it was still a largely powerlessand ceremonial position. 6. George Washington was the first President of the UnitedStates . He took office in March 1789, after theConstitution was ratified. Congress was significantly changed bythe Constitution; it became a bicameral legislature- a legislaturethat has two houses, each headed by their own officers (the Speakerof the House, and the Senate Majority Leader). The last Presidentof Congress resigned in November 1788 and was not replaced. It is important to remember that the position of President ofCongress is totally unrelated to the position of President of theUnited States. As stated above, the President of Congress had noreal power. The President of the United States, on the other hand,is the Head of State (ie- the person who is considered to representthe entire country when dealing with other countries), as well asthe person who wields supreme executive power in the United Statesgovernment. (MORE)
President John Hanson was the Nations first President under the original United States Constitution that patriots fought and died for - the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union. The term "President of the United States in Congress Assembled" under the nations first government is used today… when the President of the United States of America is present with a full Congress. President Hanson never presided over the Continental Congress I or II - he presided as the Nations first President of the United States of America after the Continental Congress was dissolved on March 1, 1781. His duties as President were independent of the Congress as the Office of the President was created and spelled out in the Articles. The Office of the President of the United States never intended to be the "Executive Office of the President" that was created in 1939 or "commander-in-chief" of the US military, but these additions were added later in the second adopted constitution and after Washington was President with the EXOP in 1939. John Hanson was truly our Nation's first President of the United States of America. . (MORE)
No, John Hanson passed away decades before the camera was invented. The gentleman pictured in the photo was long after President John Hanson passed away in 1783.
John Hanson was elected president of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation, in November 1781. He was not black , but was of white English origin like almost every other member of the congress. The rumor that he was black comes from confusion with another John Hanson who was b…lack and was a prominent citizen in Liberia . (MORE)
The well-known American patriot, John Hanson,was not of African ancestry. There was a politician in Liberia named John Hanson who was, of course, an African and he may have been an American at one time.
No, he was the 2nd President of the Second Continental Congress and the 7th President of the United States in Congress Assembled. This takes nothing away from him as a founding father, his importance in the Revolutionary Period of the US will always exist, both for his participation and for his lead…ership. Yes, John Hancock was the first US President. The USA was born on July 4th, 1776 not April 30, 1789 when George Washington was inaugurated. John Hancock signed his name large on the Declaration of Independence not because he was making fun of King George's eyesight, but because he was the leader of the newly declared (u)nited States of America. (MORE)
John Hanson was a 19th century Liberian Senator from Grand Bassa County who was involved in efforts to relocate African Americans to Liberia.. There is sometimes some confusion between him and John Hanson , the President of the United States Continental Congress .
No- John Hanson, the president of the Continental Congress, was not black. There was a prominent black man in Liberia with the same name and people confuse them. Instead, John Hanson , from Maryland ,was president of the Continental Congress, but his main job was to chair the meetings of the convent…ion and keep up correspondence when they were not in session. he did not have anything like the duties and powers of the president of the United States. 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). Once the signing took place in 1781, a President was needed to run the country. John Hanson was chosen unanimously by Congress (which included George Washington). In fact, all the other potential candidates refused to run against him, as he was a major player in the revolution and an extremely influential member of Congress. As the first President, Hanson had quite the shoes to fill. No one had ever been President and the role was poorly defined. His actions in office would set precedent for all future Presidents. He took office just as the Revolutionary War ended. Almost immediately, the troops demanded to be paid. As would be expected after any long war, there were no funds to meet the salaries. As a result, the soldiers threatened to overthrow the new government and put Washington on the throne as a monarch. 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 together. If he had failed, the government would have fallen almost immediately and everyone would have been bowing to King Washington. In fact, Hanson sent 800 pounds of sterling siliver by his brother Samuel Hanson to George Washington to provide the troops with shoes. Hanson, as President, ordered all foreign troops off American soil, as well as the removal of all foreign flags. This was quite the feat, considering the fact that so many European countries had a stake in the United States since the days following Columbus. 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. Lastly, he declared that the fourth Thursday of every November was to be Thanksgiving Day, which is still true today. 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. (MORE)
No, he is not. The obverse of the $2 bill is based on a John Trumbull paintingwhich shows the signing of the Declaration of Independence. JohnHanson was not present for that event- he happened to be away inMaryland helping run the government there. Thus, he was notdepicted in the painting, nor is …he on the back of the $2 bill. The front of the bill only shows Thomas Jefferson. (MORE)
No. . John Hanson was the first "President of the United States in Congress Assembled" under the Articles of Confederation. This means that he presided over the Continental Congress. Therefore his duties were most similar to those of the modern Speaker of the House of Representatives or the Vice… President of the United States in his capacity as President of the US Senate. The President of the United States in Congress Assembled was never intended to be the "chief executive" of the country or "commander-in-chief" of the US military. . John Hanson was a white man from Maryland. The rumor that he was black is false. Frequently a photograph (daguerrotype) of a black man, John Hanson Moor, is presented as evidence that John Hanson was black. In truth, there was no photography of any kind during John Hanson's lifetime. John Hanson Moor was a Liberian senator, unrelated to John Hanson. (MORE)
Don't just google John Hanson, because they will show you a europeanized, white verison. The original John Hanson is AFRICAN AMERICAN. They do not acknowledge that in history. There is one picture of him. Try this link . . . http://www.youngmessengerrzz.com/id108.html
There are many pictures of the black John Hanson on Internet sites,such as Wikipedia. John Hanson was confused with another man of thesame name, and was thought to be the first president o f theContinental Congress.
John Hanson, the first president of congress, was white; John Hanson, a part of the American Colonization Society, was African-American.
they do not teach us about John Hanson because in theconstitution they want us to believe that George Washington was thefirst president ... because George Washington was indeed the first President ofthe United States. John Hanson was the first "President of Congress" (sometimes called"President o…f the United States in Congress Assembled") under therules set by the Articles of Confederation. The President ofCongress was a ceremonial position, dating back to the firstContinental Congress before the Revolutionary War even began, whichwas vaguely similar to the current Speaker of the House- but withalmost no power whatsoever. It was an apolitical, impartialmoderator position, whose primary function was to ensure that ruleswere followed; he was not allowed to participate in the debates,nor did he have any executive power whatsoever. He couldn't evensign documents unless Congress ordered him to! It was a completely separate and unrelated position from Presidentof the US, and ceased to exist when the last one resigned in 1788(almost six months before Washington became the first POTUS). Withthe ratification of the US Constitution, the position was no longernecessary, as Congress was split into the House and Senate, withtheir own rules and officers. The Constitution also set up thePresident of the US as the supreme executive authority, and largelyseparated him from Congress. We generally don't hear about John Hanson in school because he wasone of many Presidents of Congress (he was neitherthe first nor the last- he was simply the first under the Articlesof Confederation), and the Presidents were generally not all thatimportant. Because the Continental Congress did not like the ideaof giving one person a lot of power, they intentionally gave thePresident of Congress almost no power whatsoever, insteadpreferring to delegate authority to committees. The only similarity between the President of Congress and thePresident of the United States is the title "President". Otherwise,they have virtually nothing in common. (MORE)
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John Hanson was an American official that lived during the AmericanRevolution Era and that became President of the ContinentalCongress, occupying a charge that had very similar functions andresponsibilities of the charge of President, so some historians goas far to call John Hanson the first holder …of the presidentialoffice of the United States. (MORE)
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John Hanson (14 April [ O.S. 3 April] 1715 - November 22, 1783) was a delegate to the United States in Congress Assembled from Maryland . Because he was the first President of Congress from Maryland to serve under a fully ratified Articles of Confederation (Maryland did not complet…e the process and sign until March 1, 1781), John Hanson has been called the First President of the United States in Congress Assembled. He did serve a full one-year term, November 5, 1781 to November 4, 1782, as President of the United States in Congress Assembled under the Articles of Confederation , but Samuel Huntington was the first President under the fully ratified Articles, serving March 1, 1781 to July 6, 1781 while Thomas McKean was the second, serving from July 10, 1781 to November 5, 1781. \n. \n Hanson is one of the most enigmatic figures in US history . He is frequently mentioned in connection with the claim that he was the first President, but fewer facts are clear about his life and accomplishments than is the case with most of his contemporaries. One of the difficulties this caused was that several writers in the 19th century filled in the blanks with fiction. For various reasons, Hanson has been the subject of a large number of misconceptions or misrepresentations . (MORE)
John Hanson was not black but he did serve as the president of the first Continental Congress and so is sometimes referred to as the first president. (There was a black John Hanson who was a prominent Senator in Liberia. People get the two confused from time to time. ) The American John Hanson s…erved as President (1781-1782) under the Articles of Confederation. Hanson's position as president was not at all like the position of President under the United States Constitution. His main job was to chair meetings of the convention and serve as a sort of corresponding secretary for the Congress when it was not in session. Therefore, even though Hanson was in some sense the first president he get only a minor mention in the history books. He was honored by the US Postal Service with a postal card in 1972 and a commemorative stamp in 1981. (MORE)
Hanson, John 1st Continental Congress 1781 John Hanson elected 1st "President of the US in Congress assembled" - Hanson, John ACI International - John Hanson
A Black Man John Hanson was the first President of the United States in 1781 why is he not mentioned as the first president of the USA?
John Hanson was the third President of Congress under the Articles of Confederation, but the first one to complete a full 1-year term. The Articles had no executive branch nor a judicial system. He was of English/Swedish heritage. He was not black. His grandfather came to the colonies as an indentur…ed servant, not as a slave. (MORE)
Yes, John Hanson was not only a president in the "Office of the President" of the original United States Constitution called the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, he was the very first president in its first term that started in November of that year - after theUnited States Constitutio…n was ratified on March 1, 1781. The ratification brought an end to the Continental Congress and the start of the government of the United States of America, its first congress and first president. President Hanson was also the first to be elected by the very first official representatives of that congress from the November elections. President Hanson was without doubt the first to fulfill the terms of that constitution as our first President of the United States of America. The original constitution is the only document that gives the United States of America its official name. The original presidents were a true form of civil servants to the people in a higher level of democracy that exceeds our republic today. J.J. Cummings (MORE)
President John Hanson. Full title - President John Hanson in Congress Assembled of the United States of America. Although different titles were considered under both constitutions of the United States, the Executive Office of the President was not created until 1939. As the title changes, the positi…on as President remains the Head of State and Head of Government of the United States of America in the Office of the President as it is spelled out in both constitutions. In the original constitution that patriots died for - Article IX gives the term of the Office of the President. (MORE)
yes, he was a president. He was our first president who succeeded to 6 other presidents. Gorge Washing ton was not our first president.
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many people think George Washington was the first president of the united states of America if you think that you are wrong john hanson was the first president, so remember that He was the first President before the Constitution we follow today.
Hanson established the Great Seal of the United States that all Presidents have since been required to use on all official documents and the fourth Thursday of every November as Thanksgiving Day.
John Hanson is not depicted on the two dollar bill. What isdepicted is the continental congress gathered for the signing ofthe Declaration of Independence. John Hanson did not sign theDeclaration because he was not present to sign. Above answer is incorrect. John Hanson was the first electedpreside…nt of the Continental Congress (a collaboration of the first13 colonies) under the Articles of Confederation in 1781. He was ablack man and was responsible for the first national bank, firstnational post office, and for creating a uniformed method ofcurrency. Essentially, Hanson was the first president of ourcountry but is not recognized because officially the United Statesdid not exist until March 3, 1789 when the Confederation wasabolished. Hanson was present for the signing of the Declaration ofIndependence and is depicted on the two dollar bill. He isthe only black man in the engraving and is located in the middle ofthe assembly, seated at a table, behind the signers of theDeclaration. So much misinformation to sort out. The original answerer wascorrect- Hanson was not present for the signing of the Declaration,and therefore, is not depicted on the obverse of the $2 bill, whichis based on a painting of the signing. In July 1776, Hanson was amember of the Maryland government, and was busy running thatstate/colony. He was not made a delegate to the ContinentalCongress until 1780, about four years after the Declaration wassigned. As for the other stuff... apparently one of the responders hasnever actually looked at a $2 bill- there is no black man in theengraving. Secondly, Hanson was not black- he was a white man,whose family came from England. The issue here is a curiousinternet phenomenon where the internet keeps spreading a totalfalsehood. There was indeed a famous black man named John Hanson,and he was part of a group that wanted to send freed blacks back toAfrica to start their own country. Eventually they did, and thecountry they started was Liberia (whose capital is "Monrovia",named after US President James Monroe). The photograph you oftensee of a black man named John Hanson is this man, who eventuallyserved as a Senator in the Liberian government. And the fact thatit's a photograph gives away that it's not the Founding Father-photographs weren't invented until long after the Father's death! Additionally, John Hanson (the Founding Father) was never"President of the United States". He was President ofCongress , the first elected under rules set by the Articles ofConfederation (he wasn't the first President of Congress, or eventhe first under the Articles!). The position of President ofCongress was totally unrelated to the President of the UnitedStates, and was a powerless, ceremonial position that was in chargeof running the Congress (vaguely similar to the current Presidentof the Senate, but with less influence). The position ceased toexist when the last one resigned about six months before GeorgeWashington became the first President of the United States. GeorgeWashington was the one responsible for the things mentioned by thesecond responder (the national bank, currency, post office-although the post office technically dates back to 1775). (MORE)
John Taylor was never president of the United States - he was president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the "Mormon" church) from 1880 to 1887. John Tyler is the name of the United States President that served from 1841-1845.
In 1777, John Hanson was elected to the Maryland House ofDelegates. That is, he became a member of the colony's legislature.He had already served on a committee that helped run the colony. In 1780, he became one of Maryland's delegates to the ContinentalCongress, and in 1781, he became the Presiden…t of Congress- aceremonial, largely powerless position that was in charge of makingsure that debates followed the rules correctly. He served his oneyear term (despite disliking it, and considering quitting), andretired. He died in 1783, just after the ratification of the Treatyof Paris, which officially made the US an independent country. Contrary to what the internet tells you, John Hanson was not black,nor was he the first President of the United States. President ofCongress was unrelated to the President of the US, just likePresident of the Senate (which is still a real position in the USgovernment) is not the same as the President of the United States.John Hanson was not even the first President of Congress- PaytonRandolph was, 6 years before Hanson, and John Hancock was Presidentof Congress in 1776 when he famously signed the Declaration ofIndependence so large (and that's probably the real reason why hesigned so large- not the nonsense about making it so the King couldread it). Nor was John Hanson the first President afterindependence- he was simply the first to be elected using the rulesthat were set by the Articles of Confederation. The picture that is above this question, of an older black manwearing glasses, is of another, unrelated man also named JohnHanson who was a Senator in the African country of Liberia. (MORE)
No, John Hancock was Seventh President of the United States inCongress Assembled November 23, 1785 to June 5, 1786. He presided over the Second Congressional Congress which passed theDeclaration of Independence in 1776, before the Constitutionexisted.
No, there has never been a U.S. President named Hanson. However, John Hanson was president of the Continental Congress set up by the articles of Confederation in 1781 which governed the US after the revolution ended until the US Constitution could be written and ratified to create new nation of the …United States of America. (MORE)
This is very dibateable but,yes he was a slave owner.Others will tell you what they will but I suggest researching more I could be wrong.
No- he was a very wealthy merchant and investor who endowed the money to start Johns Hopkins University i
The black John Hanson was a senator in Liberia. Better known, at least in the US, was John Hanson from Maryland (1721-1783). He was of English ancestry . He was a wealthy planter , married Jane Contee and they had eight children. He was elected president of the first Continental Congress in 178…1 after the Articles of Confederation was ratified . He presided over the meeting of the Congress but was not at all like the president of the United States. (MORE)
There was no black president Hanson. There was a black senator in Liberia named John Hanson, but slavery was never allowed in Liberia.
John Adams preceded Madison. Adams was the second presdent; Madison was number four. Jefferson was in between them
No John Hancock's son was not the first president... For clarity, the first president of the United States of America was George Washington. However, John Hancock did serve as president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first and third Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
If john hanson was the real first president of the US why does George Washington get credit for being first when he wasn't?
George Washington was the first president of the United States. John Hanson was president of the Continental Congress which has little power and was nothing like the United States government. Furthermore, Hanson's position was mostly to chair the meetings of the convention- he was not at all like th…e US president. George Washington was the first "real" president. (MORE)
John Hanson was born on April 13, 1715 and died on November 22, 1783. John Hanson would have been 68 years old at the time of death or 300 years old today.
Democratic, I believe. You may want to check that on Wikipedia or a book, however. :) Hope I helped!
Hanson was a white Caucasian of English descent, if that is what you want to know.
John Calvin Coolidge, Jr. Two other U. S. Presidents also went by their middle names: . Stephen Grover Cleveland . Thomas Woodrow Wilson
Not much is known about him. He was born in America, around 1800 and died in Liberia around 1860.
John Hanson is famous for being elected as President of the Continental Congress in 1781. He only served one term in office, and some historians suggest he was the first US President, rather than George Washington.
Is john hanson the moor john hanson African American and john hanson president of the continental congress the same man?
No they are not. There seems to be a lot of confusion on thisissue, and people on the internet make it worse by spreadingmisinformation. The problem here is that there were two famous men namedJohn Hanson. The first is John Hanson, who is considered one of the FoundingFathers of the United State…s. He was a white man, whose family wasfrom England. He was from Maryland, and in 1780, he became a memberof the Continental Congress. In 1781, he was elected the first"President of Congress" under rules set forth by the Articles ofConfederation. President of Congress (sometimes also referred to asthe "President of the United States in Congress Assembled") was aposition in the Continental Congress that vaguely resembles thecurrent Speaker of the House position, except it was consideredapolitical and had virtually no power- his job was to make surethat delegates properly followed the rules of debate and such; itwasn't an important job, and Hanson even considered quittingbecause he was old and in poor health. This John Hanson died inlate 1783, shortly after the Colonies finally won theirindependence. After John Hanson's death, one of his relatives started trying toconvince people that Hanson was the first "President of the UnitedStates"- ignoring that the President of Congress was completelyunrelated to the office of President of the US, and also ignoringthat Hanson was not the first President of Congress either- hewasn't even the first President of Congress after the Declarationof Independence or the ratification of the Articles ofConfederation! In the era of the internet, this misinformation hasreally picked up speed, and many people incorrectly claim he wasreally the first POTUS. The other John Hanson in this equation is a black man who wasprobably from the US originally, but became a member of theAmerican Colonization Society in the early 1800s. The ACS wanted totake free black men from the United States and bring them back toAfrica to start their own country. In 1822, they successfullycreated the country of Liberia, whose capital city is namedMonrovia, after James Monroe (Monroe was a US President, and hadsupported the ACS's resettlement plan). This John Hanson eventuallyserved as a Senator in the Liberian government and died around thetime of the US Civil War. The country of Liberia still exists tothis day. Sometimes you will see a photograph of John Hanson as an olderblack man wearing glasses and sitting on a chair- this is a pictureof the Liberian John Hanson. The picture is a daguerreotype ,which was a kind of early photography that was invented almost 60years after the Founding Father John Hanson died. So the confusion is two-fold: people on the internet claim thatJohn Hanson was really the first President of the United States,and that he was a black man. Neither of these assertions is evenremotely true, as I've shown above. (MORE)
James K. Polk was the US president after JohnTyler. Polk served as the 11th President of the United States from1845 March 4 to 1849 March 4.
He was elected as "President of Congress" on November 5,1781 andserved for a one-year term.
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No. The United States had only just declared its independence thatyear, and didn't have a nationally elected president.