Did you know Washington wasn’t the first US president?

 

 

Technically the first president of the United States was not George Washington. Elected by Congress to be “President of the United States in Congress Assembled”, it was John Hanson, who at the time was considered a black man because of his Moorish roots, the first US president. Before George Washington’s celebrated term there were six others elected this way.

To the Provincial Legislature of Maryland in 1775 John Hanson was elected. He distinguished himself as a brilliant administrator when he became a member of Congress in 1777. So in 1781 he was elected President.

All foreign troops were orders off American soil, as well as the removal of all foreign flags by Hanson as President. Since the days following Columbus so many European countries had a stake in the United States and so this was quite a feat.

The Great Seal of the US was established by John Hanson and that all Presidents have since been required to use on all official documents. Also the first Treasury Department, the first Secretary of War, and the first Foreign Affairs Department were established by President John Hanson. Also the fourth Thursday of every November was to be Thanksgiving Day, was also declared by him, which is still true today. 

Elias Boudinot (1783), Thomas Mifflin (1784), Richard Henry Lee (1785), Nathan Gorman (1786), Arthur St. Clair (1787), and Cyrus Griffin (1788) the six other presidents were elected after him and all prior to Washington taking office.  It’s quite simple why we don’t ever hear about the first seven Presidents of US, it’s because 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.

Definitely George Washington was not the first President of the US. 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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