Did You Know There Were 7 Black Presidents Before Barack Obama?

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December 23, 2005 11:38 AM

researched Dr. Dick Gregory plus the 5 researched by JA Rogers and the one researched by Auset Bakhufu = 12 presidents and 1 vice president ['all'] with African American Heritage.

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1st President of the US: John Hanson (1781)
2nd President of the US: Elias Boudinot (1783)
3rd President of the US: Thomas Mifflin (1784)
4th President of the US: Richard H. Lee (1785)
5th President of the US: Nathan Gorman (1786)
6th President of the US: Arthur St. Clair (1787)
7th President of the US: Cyrus Griffin (1788)

10th President of the US: Thomas Jefferson
23th President of the US: Abe Lincoln
24th President of the US: Andrew Jackson
36th President of the US: Warren Harding
37th President of the US: Calvin Coolidge
40th President of the US: Dwight D. Eisenhower
44th President of the US: Barack Hussein Obama

You know how to count; that means Bush is the 50th President not the 43rd!!!

Vice President:
23rd Vice President of the US: Hannibal Hamlin/



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John Hanson
1715"”83, first "President of the United States in Congress Assembled," b. Charles co., Maryland. He served in the Maryland provincial legislature, was active in the patriot cause in the Revolution, and was (1780"”82) a member of the Continental Congress. Since he was the first President to serve the one-year term (1781"”82), under the Articles of Confederation, Hanson is sometimes referred to as the first President of the United States. His duties were, however, merely those of a presiding officer and bore no relation to the duties of the President under the Constitution.

See biography by S. W. Smith (1932).
http://education.yahoo.com/ref...pedia/entry/Hanson-J

John Hanson, April 3, 1721, To Nov 15, 1783 A.D. He was Maryland patriot during the American Revolution, president of the New Nation under the articles of confederation.

A member of the Maryland assembly from A.D. 1757, he became active in the resistance to British tax in the 1760's A.D.

He was an early supporter of independence, as a delegate to the continental congress (1780-82 A.D.). Hanson signed the articles of confederation. Contrary to what many believe, George Washington was not the first president.

He was an early supporter of independence, as a delegate to the continental congress (1780-82 A.D.). Hanson signed the articles of confederation. Contrary to what many believe, George Washington was not the first president.

For "if George Washington was a general in the war against Britain, then who was the president that appointed him general? How could he be general without being appointed by a president? There were fourteen other presidents before George Washington. They were the presidents of the continental congress. John Hanson was the first president of the union under the articles of confederation, thereby, making him the first president of the United States. It was the one that appointed George Washington general in the civil war.

The First Constitution Of The United States Was The Articles Of Confederation. The Continental Congress drafted it in 1777 A.D. It only governed the original 13 States, before the American Revolution. It was ratified or signed by 13 States/Colonies In 1781 A.D. The articles only provided for a "Firm League Of Friendship" in which each of the 13 states wilfully retained its sovereignty, freedom and independence.

Congress functioned under these articles until 1788 A.D., when a revised edition was signed by all the states and adopted as the constitution of the United Thirteen States Of America in 1789 A.D. This was when George Washington became president. However, there were nine previous presidents of the union, of which John Hanson was the first, under the Articles Of Confederation.
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Elias Boudinot

Boudinot, Elias (b´dÄ­nŏt) , 1740"”1821, political leader in the American Revolution, b. Philadelphia. A lawyer of Elizabethtown (now Elizabeth), N.J., he took an active part in anti-British activities and was a member of the Continental Congress both before and after the adoption of the Articles of Confederation (1777"”78, 1781"”84), serving as its president from 1782 to 1783. He ardently supported the U.S. Constitution and helped secure its ratification by New Jersey. He served in Congress (1789"”95) and was director of the U.S. mint (1795"”1805). He was an ardent philanthropist, notably for the Native Americans, and he was first president (1816"”21) of the American Bible Society.

See his Journal of Events in the Revolution (1894, repr. 1968); biography by G. A. Boyd (1956).
http://education.yahoo.com/ref...pedia/entry/Boudinot
http://www.alibris.com/search/search.cfm?S=R&wauth=elia...y38fO63qBj40XM72qZEg


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Thomas Mifflin(1784)
1744"”1800, American Revolutionary general and political leader, b. Philadelphia. Turning from business to public affairs, he was a member of the Pennsylvania provincial assembly and of the First Continental Congress. He joined the army early in the American Revolution and rose to the rank of quartermaster general. He held that post, except for a brief interruption, until 1778, when he resigned after being accused of misuse of funds. The charges were never substantiated. Dissatisfied with George Washington's conduct of the war, he became involved in the Conway Cabal and tried to undermine Washington, but later he renewed his friendship with the commander in chief. Mifflin again served in the Continental Congress (1782"”84) and was its president (1783"”84). He was later a delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention (1787), and was governor of Pennsylvania (1790"”99) during the Whiskey Rebellion and the revolt of the Pennsylvania Germans under John Fries. Although he initially refused to commit the Pennsylvania militia to suppressing the Whiskey Rebellion, he eventually cooperated with President Washington against the insurgents.

See study by K. R. Rossman (1952).
http://education.yahoo.com/ref...opedia/entry/Mifflin

By an ironic sort of providence, Thomas Mifflin served as George Washington's first aide-de-camp at the beginning of the Revolutionary War, and, when the war was over, he was the man, as President of the Continental Congress, who accepted Washington's resignation of his commission.

In the years between, Mifflin greatly served the cause of freedom "” and, apparently , his own cause "” while serving as the first Quartermaster General of the Continental Army. He obtained desperately needed supplies for the new army "” and was suspected of making excessive profit himself.

Although experienced in business and successful in obtaining supplies for the war, Mifflin preferred the front lines, and he distinguished himself in military actions on Long Island and also near Philadelphia.

Born and reared a Quaker, he was excluded from their meetings for his military activities. A controversial figure, Mifflin lost favor with Washington and was part of the Conway Cabal "” a rather notorious plan to replace Washington with General Horatio Gates. And Mifflin narrowly missed court-martial action over his handling of funds by resigning his commission in 1778.

In spite of these problems "” and of repeated charges that he was a drunkard "” Mifflin continued to be elected to positions of responsibility "” as President and Governor of Pennsylvania, delegate to the Constitutional Convention, as well as the highest office in the land "” where he served from November 3, 1783 to November 29, 1784.

Most of Mifflin's significant contributions occurred in his earlier years "” in the First and Second Continental Congresses he was firm in his stand for independence and for fighting for it, and he helped obtain both men and supplies for Washington's army in the early critical period. In 1784, as of the President of the Continental Congress, he signed the treaty with Great Britain which ended the war. Although a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, he did not make a significant contribution "” beyond signing the document.

As Governor of Pennsylvania, although he was accused of negligence, he supported improvements of roads, and reformed the State penal and judicial systems. He had gradually become sympathetic to Jefferson's principles regarding State's rights, even so, he directed the Pennsylvania militia to support the Federal tax collectors in the Whiskey Rebellion. In spite of charges of corruption, the affable Mifflin remained a popular figure. A magnetic personality and an effective speaker, he managed to hold a variety of elective offices for almost thirty years of the critical Revolutionary period.
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Richard Henry Lee(1785)
1732"”94, political leader in the American Revolution, b. Westmoreland co., Va.; brother of Arthur Lee, Francis L. Lee, and William Lee. He served in the house of burgesses (1758"”75), where he favored ending the slave trade. An opponent of the Stamp Act (1765), he was the leader in the formation of a nonimportation organization. To help unite colonial resistance further, he advocated, and helped to form, the intercolonial committees of correspondence. As a member (1774"”79) of the Continental Congress, he was most active in promoting a nonimportation agreement. Lee was a member (with John Adams and Edward Rutledge) of the committee that placed George Washington in command of the Continental Army. He was also vigorous in arguing for independence and introduced the motion that led to the Declaration of Independence, which he later signed. Lee served again in the Continental Congress (1784"”87). He opposed the U.S. Constitution because he feared that it would destroy states' rights. As U.S. Senator from Virginia (1789"”92) Lee was largely responsible for adoption of the first 10 amendments (the Bill of Rights) to the Constitution.

See his letters, ed. by J. C. Ballagh (2 vol., 1911"”14, repr. 1970); biography by O. P. Chitwood (1967).
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-Nathan Gorhan(1786)-
He's on the list – but I could not dig up any information on him/


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Arthur St. Clair (1787) President St. Clair
An addition to Laurel's run down of Sinclair/St Clair history. Yes there was a US President. This information came from Dan Valentine's book of little known facts entitled Spirit of America essay no. 9. Because there was an 8 year gap between the founding of our nation and the ratification of the constitution (1781-1789) there were 8 people who held the position of elected president before George Washington. Each of those years the president of the US Continental Congress was the prime authority of the nation. They were elected for one year.

Those men in order were:
1. John Hansen
2. Richard Henry Lee
3. Elias Boudinot
4. Thomas Mifflin
5. John Hancock
6. Nathaniel Gorhan
7. Arthur Sinclair (Who was also the Gen
Arthur Sinclair [he spelled it St.
Clair "”jsq])
8. Cyrus Griffin

and then in 1789 George Washington.

Sandy Sinclair (old history teacher of Olympia Washington) osaltsandy@thurston.com
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Cyrus Griffin (1788)

January 22, 1788 to March 4, 1789
GRIFFIN, Cyrus, jurist, born in Farnham, Richmond County, Virginia in 1749; died in Yorktown, Virginia, 14 December 1810. He was educated in England studying law at the University of Edinburgh and at the Temple in London. While in England Griffin courted nobility and married a Lady Christhena, daughter of John Stuart, sixth Earl of Traquair. He returned to Virginia and as a young lawyer gave early adhesion to the patriot cause. Griffin was elected a member of the State house of delegates in 1777, 1778, 1786, and 1787. , was a member of the Virginia legislature.

Cyrus Griffin was elected a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1778 and served until 1761. He was elected as a delegate to the United States in Congress Assembled in 1787. On January 22, 1788 Griffin was elected President of the United States in Congress Assembled serving until the government's demise in 1789. The Chronology of his presidency is as follows:

January 21 Convenes seven states represented. January 22 Elects Cyrus Griffin president. January 23-31 Fails to achieve quorum
February 1 Reviews backlog of reports and letters.
February 5 Receives report on Massachusetts-New York boundary survey.
February 6-9 Fails to achieve quorum.
February 12 Authorizes secretary for foreign affairs to issue sea letters.
February 14 Sets date for reception of new French minister, comte de Moustier.
February 19 Elects John Cleves Symmes judge of the Northwest territory.
February 25 Debates appointment job superintendent of Indian affairs for the southern department.
February 26 Holds audience for comte de Moustier.
February 28 Receives treasury report on foreign debt.
February 29 Appoints Samuel Provost and John Rodgers chaplains of Congress, and Richard Winn superintendent of Indian affairs for the southern department; debates Kentucky statehood motion.
March 4 Debates Kentucky statehood in committee of the whole.
March 6 Receives reports on the claims of French settlers in the Illinois country and on the survey of western lands.
March 10-11 Fails to achieve quorum.
March 12 Receives report on military bounty lands.
March 18 Receives communications on Indian affairs.
March 19 Debates western land ordinance amendment.
March 24-27 Debates western land ordinance amendment.
March 31 Fails to achieve quorum.
April 1-30 Fails to achieve quorum.
May 1 Fails to achieve quorum.
May 2 Receives treasury report on proposed new Dutch loan, three war office reports on Indian affairs, and ten communications from the secretary for foreign affairs.
May 5 Receives reports on western land issues. May 8 Elects Jonathan Burrall and Benjamin Walker commissioners for settling the accounts of the five wartime departments.
May 20 Authorizes fortnightly posts between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
May 21 Receives treasury report on coinage.
May 22 Orders institution of suits to collect outstanding Continental accounts.
May 26 Receives treasury report on western land contracts and war department report on settler violations of Cherokee treaty rights.
May 27-29 Debates western land ordinance amendment.
May 30 Debates Kentucky statehood in committee of the whole.
June 2 Receives committee of the whole report recommending Kentucky statehood.
June 3 Elects grand committee on Kentucky statehood.
June 5 Fails to achieve quorum.
June 6 Authorizes survey of New York; Pennsylvania boundary preparatory to granting Pennsylvania greater access to Lake Erie.
June 9 Directs treasury to submit 1788--;89 fiscal estimates.
June 12 Receives report on land reserve for French settlers in the Illinois country.
June 13 Responds to French protest against Virginia's harboring a French pirate.
June 17 Receives war office report on manpower and recruitment.
June 18 Receives report opposing state inspection of the mails.
June 19 Debates western land ordinance amendment.
June 20 Elects Joseph Martin Continental agent to the Cherokees; authorizes negotiation of western land contract with George Morgan associates.
June 24 Authorizes three-month extension of Continental claims.
June 25 Abolishes office of inspector of Continental troops.
June 27 Debates report on Georgia--;Creek Indian affairs.
July 2 Debates western land ordinance amendment; receives notification of the ratification of the Constitution by the ninth state (New Hampshire); appoints committee "for putting the said constitution into operation." July 3 Postpones action on Kentucky statehood until proceedings shall commence under the new Constitution.
July 7-8 Debates western land ordinance amendment.
July 9 Refers fiscal estimates to committee; adopts "supplement" to western land ordinance. July 14 Debates report on implementing the Constitution.
July 15 Rejects terms of Georgia's western land cession, but accepts responsibility for southwestern frontier defense.
July 17 Directs resumption of western land surveys; rejects proposed Virginia western land reserve for military bounties.
July 21 Receives report on Continental Army manpower needs.
July 25 Orders deployment of Continental troops to pacify Luzerne County, Pa. July 28 Debates report on implementing the Constitution; rejects motion to establish capital at Philadelphia.
July 30 Rejects motion to establish capital at New York.
August 1 Extends term of northern superintendent of Indian affairs.
August 4 Extends term of southern superintendent of Indian affairs.
August 5-6 Debates motions on the location of the capital.
August 7 Debates status of delegates from states that have not ratified the Constitution. August 12 Plans mobilization of frontier militia against western Indians.
August 13 Debates report on implementing the Constitution.
August 20 Adopts 1788 requisition.
August 26 Debates report on implementing the Constitution; seeks Spanish cooperation for apprehending fugitive slaves fleeing to Florida.
August 28 Revises George Morgan associates western land contract.
August 29 Confirms land titles of French settlers in the Illinois country.
September 1 Condemns settler encroachments on Cherokee lands.
September 2 Debates report on implementing the Constitution.
September 3 Reserves Ohio lands of Christian Delaware Indians; rejects motion to establish capital at Annapolis.
September 4 Debates report on implementing the Constitution; confirms land contract giving Pennsylvania large tract bordering Lake Erie. September 8 Receives John Jay report on negotiations with Spain concerning the Mississippi question.
September 13 Adopts plan for implementing the Constitution.
September 16 Recommends that states ban importation of felons; directs suspension of negotiations concerning the Mississippi question.
September 18-24 Fails to achieve quorum. September 26-29 Fails to achieve quorum. September 30 Receives report on treasury department inquiry.
October 1 Rejects Silas Deane settlement of Beaumarchais' accounts.
October 2 Receives report on war department inquiry.
October 6-7 Fails to achieve quorum.
October 8 Receives communications on Indian relations in the western territory.
October 10 Suspends the work of the commissioners appointed to settle the states' Continental accounts; adjourns what proves to be its final session under the Articles of Confederation.
October 13-16 Fails to achieve quorum.
October 21
November 1 Fails to achieve quorum.
November 3 Assembles for the new federal year---;only two delegates attending.
November 15- 1789 March 2 Secretary Charles Thomson records occasional attendance of 17 additional delegates.
July 25, Secretary Thomson delivers papers and records of the Confederation to new federal government.

President's Griffin social status as US President in New York was second to none under the Articles of Confederation. His office, English education, and marriage to nobility solidified his status as the pinnacle of society among his nation's legal elite. Lady Christhena's state parties for foreign dignitaries were legendary. The Griffin's set the benchmark for Presidential entertaining that wasn't surpassed until well into the next century.

Some authors on Griffin, who was the US President during the ratification process, maintain that he was an anti-federalist. In this April 7th, 1788 letter as President to he congratulates James Madison, Father of the US Constitution, on his election to Virginia's delegation to consider ratification of the Constitution:

My dear Sir,

... Rhode Island have in fact rejected the constitution; so that only eight states can have adopted the system before the Session of Virginia. We all much rejoiced to hear of your election, especially as your being present, we are told, was absolutely necessary to counter- act some unwarrantable proceedings ...

At some convenient hour I hope you will give me your opinion upon the prospect of the new-Constitution; the Elections now finished.

News papers enclosed. I am, my dear Sir, with the highest respect & friendship, your obedient Servant,

C Griffin, President
On May 5th he writes Madison again stating:
Maryland has acceded to the proposed Constitution by a great majority. Chase, Paca, Martin, and Mercer opposed it with their utmost vigor and abilities, but with decency. South Carolina will adopt the system very soon. The opposition in Virginia is much to be lamented and in New York also; however from the present appearance of things I rather incline to believe that in the course of 12 months we shall have the Government in operation ...

Finally on May 26th with the Constitution's passage hanging in the balance over New York and Virginia's indecisiveness Griffin writes to Madison: The Courtiers are ridiculing our situation very much, and say upon all occasions in a laughing manner that when the united states shall assume some sort of Government then England will speak out. Gentlemen are perpetually calling to know what will be the event of the Constitution in Virginia---;do, my kind friend, at this particular crisis write to me from time to time that I may give the best information upon the subject.

Clearly Griffin, a Virginian, in the 1788 pivotal role of President of the United States in Congress Assembled not only supported the Constitution's passage but feared for the nation's survival if the New Plan for The Federal Government was not ratified. The Constitution was finally ratified and President Griffin well into 1789 help eased the nation into this new form of government as evidenced by this letter to Beverley Randolph: March 9th. 1789.

I am honored by your excellency's letter of the 13th of Feby(1) only this morning. I did not understand that any person was appointed to come forward with the accounts of the State against the united States, or most certainly myself would not have been mentioned.(2) Colonel Davies is a man very proper to answer the purpose, and I think will be found extremely useful. The Board of Commissioners met on the 17th of January, and are now ready to act upon the business of their destination.

I am favored also with the Returns of nine of the Representatives of Virginia enclosed by your excellency, which I shall deliver to Colonel White, the only member at present from that State. There are only eight Senators and 18 Representatives assembled---;a very unfortunate thing.

Be so kind to accept the enclosed papers, and to believe me with sincere respect and attachment, Your excellency's most obedient Servant,

C Griffin

After the presidency Griffin was appointed president of the Supreme Court of admiralty from its creation until its abolition, was commissioner to the Creek nation in 1789, and was judge of the First Federal Appeals Court for the district of Virginia from December, 1789, until his death in Yorktown on December 14, 1810. He is interred with his wife, Lady Christhena, in Bruton Churchyard, Williamsburg, Va.

JOHN GRIFFIN, son, born 1770 and in Philadelphia on Friday the 3d of August 1849, Judge , in the 79th year of his age. He was a man of nobility, of fine education, and great intelligence and uprightness of character. He received the appointment of U.S. Judge for the Northwest Territory, from the elder Administration, and at the time of his death, was the nearest male heir, in the line of entail, to the Earldom of Traquair, in Scotland, his mother having been the Lady Christhena Stuart, of that ancient house.
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December 26, 2005 6:43 PM

Thanks Fine.....great historical info.
 
 
 
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December 28, 2005 4:21 AM

I remember the first time "Faheem" said: "Fine you are like a midget in a room of Giants, there is simply no other way to put it."

Though negative these words are, they encouraged me to search further...I always will....!

I Am,
 
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December 30, 2005 1:19 AM


http://www.dickgregory.com/dick/14_washington.html
A "Black" Man, A Moor, John Hanson
Was the First President of the United States! 1781-1782 A.D.

George Washington
was really the 8th President of the United States!


George Washington was not the first President of the United States. In fact, the first President of the United States was one John Hanson. Don't go checking the encyclopedia for this guy's name - he is one of those great men that are lost to history. If you're extremely lucky, you may actually find a brief mention of his name.

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 Wasington 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.

So what happened?

Why don't we ever hear about the first seven Presidents of the United States?

It's quite simple - 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.

And that leads us to the end of our story.

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
 
 
 
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December 30, 2005 8:20 AM

Okay, you guys.

You made me create a 'John Hanson' file.

I love it.

PEACE

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Originally posted by Fine:

http://www.dickgregory.com/dick/14_washington.html
A "Black" Man, A Moor, John Hanson
Was the First President of the United States! 1781-1782 A.D.

George Washington
was really the 8th President of the United States!


George Washington was not the first President of the United States. In fact, the first President of the United States was one John Hanson. Don't go checking the encyclopedia for this guy's name - he is one of those great men that are lost to history. If you're extremely lucky, you may actually find a brief mention of his name.

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 Wasington 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.

So what happened?

Why don't we ever hear about the first seven Presidents of the United States?

It's quite simple - 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.

And that leads us to the end of our story.

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

I see that you did not follow the link, or chose to ignore the data there.
Thus, I am reposting it here.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
John Hanson
John Hanson (April 3, 1715 – November 22, 1783) was a delegate to the Continental Congress from Maryland. He has incorrectly been called the first President of the United States because he was the first man to serve a full term as President of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation in 1781 and 1782.

(This portrait is circa 1765)
In addition to the myth of Hanson being the first United States President, there is the myth perpetuated by many that Hanson was black. There is no reason to believe that this was in fact the case. See John Hanson myths for more information. It seems that this story has been spread in part by Dick Gregory . The error seems to stem from the name being a fairly common one, including belonging to Senator John Hanson {go to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hanson_(politician)} a 19th century Liberian Senator from Grand Bassa County who was involved in efforts to relocate African Americans to Liberia.

(This picture is circa 1856 and is identical to the one on Gregory's site.)

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It is unquestionably the case that the picture on the Gregory site CANNOT be the John Hanson who was supposedly the first president of the United States. The reason that this is so is because the daguerreotype technology was not invented until 1839 in France. This is why the other pictures are painted portraits, not photographs. "President" John Hanson died in 1783. The picture of Senator John Hanson is circa 1856 and is a sixth-plate daguerreotype .
 
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December 30, 2005 1:09 PM

You Guys? Kresge is a fool and does not even have clear possession of the facts.

However, this issue was "first" posted by:

Anaksanamun
Posted June 27, 2003 03:45 PM

Therefore, he deserves the real credit for bringing this topic to the AA.org forum.

http://africanamerica.org/eve/forums?a=tpc&f=79160213&m=94770654

Posted June 28, 2003 09:36 AM
I "knew" this also. I did not know his name. Thanks Anaksunamun. This is not to throw water on the fire of reality. Clearly, our history does not report John Hanson, because the other seven presidents preceding Washington are not reported. Like the slave babies of Washington, Jefferson, and all those others. And, anyway, the only thing that is REALLY important is the first ELECTED president.

PEACE

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September 21, 2007 7:19 AM

Recently a very wise man said:

"...our contributions as a people to America is evident by the mere fact that we were the only people who would submit to authority, and strong enough to build this Great nation...

That is why we were brought here in 1555, before then we were a people who have never been lied to..."
 
 
 
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September 21, 2007 10:59 AM

quote:
Originally posted by Fine:
I remember the first time "Faheem" said: "Fine you are like a midget in a room of Giants, there is simply no other way to put it."

Though negative these words are, they encouraged me to search further...I always will....!


Too bad this information about the black John Hanson is so wrong... As Kresge notes, the black John Hanson was a Liberian official, his portrait is from 1856, and the technology that made it possible wasn't invented during the days of the continental congress.
 
 
 
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September 21, 2007 7:30 PM

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Originally posted by Vox:
quote:
Originally posted by Fine:
I remember the first time "Faheem" said: "Fine you are like a midget in a room of Giants, there is simply no other way to put it."

Though negative these words are, they encouraged me to search further...I always will....!


Too bad this information about the black John Hanson is so wrong... As Kresge notes, the black John Hanson was a Liberian official, his portrait is from 1856, and the technology that made it possible wasn't invented during the days of the continental congress.


I respect your comments!

I'd like to see Mr. Kresge write a book to refute Dick Gregory! munch
 
 
 
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April 26, 2008 2:41 PM

Eisenhower, Too? Were There More Than 5 'Black' Presidents?
by Aysha Hussain
http://www.diversityinc.com/public/1474.cfm

Why is our story "5 Black Presidents" causing such a stir? Since our story, Obama Wouldn't Be First Black President, hit the web on Friday, DiversityInc has received hundreds of e-mails from readers applauding us for bringing this to their attention and suggesting other presidents, especially Dwight D. Eisenhower, who may have had black ancestry.

So we've been checking it out and will continue to do so. Presidents Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge may not be the only former presidents with black ancestors. According to research found in Wikipedia, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration confirms Eisenhower, the 34th president, also had black ancestors. His mother, Ida Elizabeth Stover Eisenhower, an anti-war advocate, was part black. This is also verified by Answers.com and several other web sites.

Here's more of what DiversityInc readers had to say about the '5 Black Presidents' and the research they have found:

Once again, I am learning something as an adult I should have known as a child...
 
 
 
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November 23, 2008 11:57 AM

the evidence and relevance of truth remains paramount as originally introduced by me, formally Fine1952.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1771850/posts

Yet Anotherhttp://www.presidentjohnhanson.com/
 
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