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 Co…ngress 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.
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 a…lmost every other member of the congress. The rumor that he was black comes from confusion with another John Hanson who was black and was a prominent citizen in Liberia .
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 convention 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.
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And how do you know that john hanson wasn't the first black president Do you have any reasoning behind your answer being no?
He wasn't black.
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 indentured servant, not as a slave.
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 Constitution 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
There has never been a U.S. President or Vice President named Hanson.
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 th…at He was the first President before the Constitution we follow today.
Yes, he was the first President of Congress under the Articles of Confederation
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 go…verned 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.
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 1781 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.
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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 St…ates government. Furthermore, Hanson's position was mostly to chair the meetings of the convention- he was not at all like the US president. George Washington was the first "real" president.
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Hanson was president of the continental congress for one year, beginning November, 1781
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Yes he was but it was before America became united under the constitutionÂ
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Hanson was a white Caucasian of English descent, if that is what you want to know.
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He Wasn't Ever President Of The U.S!