No No No, im not a hater . I love the Obama family drove 45 mins just to be sure I got my ballot in during the election. What this blog is meant for is to inform , and awaken my people. If you don't know where you came from how can you know where you are going? George Washington was not the first President of the United States. In fact, the first President of the United States was John Hanson.
Now Don't go looking into the encyclopedia for this guy's name.He is one of those great black men that are lost to history. If you're extremely lucky, you may actually find a brief mention of his name. When I google the name John Hanson a picture of the guy directly to the right came up with a brief discription. While his name is also John Hanson these men are two totally different guys. They each have their own individual place in history. Enough of the fake John lets get back to the REAL first black president.
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. Marylandrefusedto 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. Hmm that sure does sound familiar. Doesn't it?
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(like the saying goes history repeats itself )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.
(1) Hanson established the Great Seal of the United States, which all Presidents have since been required to use on all official documents.
(2)President Hanson also established the first Treasury Department, the first Secretary of War, and the first Foreign Affairs Department.
(3) 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. Hmmmm !
So what happened? What is it that the governemt is trying to hide, especially for so long ?
Why don't we ever hear about the first seven Presidents of the United States?
John Hanson can be seen on the back of the $2 bill .
Now here is a closer look !
So there it is folks , now you can tell your kids, and your coworkers a bit of black history. Im sure you will think twice the next time someone asks you who the first black president is. Or even who the first President of the United States of America is.