Skip to comments.The First President Of the United States Was A Black Man (John Hanson)
Posted on 01/22/2007 2:38:46 PM PST by mcg2000
Let me start black history month a few weeks early. Barack Obama has plans of running for President of the United States, But will he be the first Black President or the 8th Black President? I know this posting will stir controversty but George Washington was not the first President of the U.S. Let's take a look at history.
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 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. 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.
Hanson was not President of the United Staes, he was the president of Congress, I believe.
John Hanson was a SWEDE! He was descended from those who settled the New Sweden colony in the the Philadephia area--as am I! We Swedish-Americans are proud of John Hanson.
Damned herring shuckers. ;~)
What a great bar bet.
Does not support the "First President" position...and provides some explanation as to where the story may have come from.
Who would've guessed James Baker has 15-20% African blood??
John Hancock was also an early President. An indication of how minor the position was, is this: Hancock was too ill to go from Boston to the Capitol, then in New York, for the entire year of his term. So, he didn't go, and the government functioned just fine in his absence.
This is trash--do some research. From wiki:
MYTH-- Hanson was black
Dick Gregory, comedian and black activist publishes an on-line column called Global Watch. In one of his columns he repeated most of the myths and added a new one, that John Hanson was the descendent of a slave. (The column can be seen at .)
There are two possible origins for this belief. The first is that Hanson's grandfather, another John Hanson, was an early immigrant to Maryland; as was common at the time, he worked as an indentured servant on his arrival in the New World. In 1661, his first master, William Plumley, sold his contract to Edward Keene and recorded the contract with the court of Calvert County, Maryland; similar court records were also used to transfer title to land and slaves. But, in six years, the immigrant John had worked his way out of debt, and a few years afterwards had purchased his own small farm. There is no record that the grandfather was black, but if indentured servitude was confused with chattel slavery, it is easy to see where this belief would have appeared.
Another may be a simple case of confusion with Senator John Hanson, a politician from Liberia, who was involved with the resettlement of freed slaves in that country. Whilst this Hanson was indeed black, he also lived a hundred years too late.
Note: During the 1600s, blacks were in the USA as indentured servants. The law for chattel slavery didn't come completely into effect until around 1705. Looking at Hanson's picture, he has the appearance of the triads (Wesorts and others) that inhabited Southern Maryland. The black men that were initially there under indentured servitude inter-married with white women and bore children, until a law was passed making their union illegal.
OK, for the sake of argument, I'll concede that Hanson was the "first black president." Who are the other six?
Thanks for the ping...this is an urban legend. See above.
(BTW, my ancestor, Peter Gunnarsson Rambo, one of the founders of New Sweden, is buried at that church).
He was President of the Continental Congress, and the third president at that. No BFD...
What is really scary are some of the comments at that blog.
yet another myth based on nothing...
maybe he's related to this guy who hold the world record
fastest checkout from the Hyatt Regency ...
so are you related to john rambo?
I saw that. ;)
It's more like "John Rambo" is related to me. When my ancestor, Peter Gunnarsson Rambo (1612-98), came to settle New Sweden, he brought with him some apple seeds to plant. That tree became known in America as the "Rambo apple."
Fast-forward a few centuries. An author is working on an action-adventure story. His wife comes home from the grocery store with a bag of apples. He asks her what kind they are. She tells him, "Rambo apples." He likes the name and uses it for his character. True story.
Wikipedia is becoming less and less reliable across the board. Too much freedom of opinion inter-mixed with info.
Thank God. I would have trouble looking up to an action hero named, "Golden Delicious."
"I would have trouble looking up to an action hero named, 'Golden Delicious.'"
Or Granny Smith.
We were all kings back in Africa too.
It says he was a moor. Does that mean the first president of the United States was also a muslim?
maybe so, but it's a good starting point. i use it for background information and then click through to the sources at the bottom for further (more reliable) information. even then, you have to be wary.
If an entire "history" can be manufactured for Africa, why not a fictitious one for the U.S.?
Not that it means anything, and if it keeps the ignorant happy (and out of a life of crime) why not?
Your wrong. George Washington was the president of the United States. The other 7 people in front of him were presidents true, but they were presidents of The Confederate States of America.
He’s obviously black. Black and green.
Of course you did can not find it in the encyclopedia.
If you did not hear of it in school, why would you
trust the encyclopedia. John Hanson was a Moor
look up the word Moor before you say or think anything else
on this subject.
Time to wake up!
Tuesday Jan 29
The word “MOOR” evolved from the Greek ‘Mauros’ which means ‘dark or black..During the European Renaissance explorers, writers and scholars began to apply the term Moor to Black Africans in general (Not arabs like they wanted us to believe, africans).
A case which shows the strong link that developed in Europe between the word “Black “ and “Moor” is that of non-Muslim Moors.
A host of non-Muslim figures are also described as Black and Moorish. These included the Black St. Maurice. Other non-Muslim Moors include the semi-legendary Sir Morien, known as “the Black Knight” of King Arthur fame and Sir Pallamedes. In 1501 one of the King’s Minstrels was Peter the Moryen or Moor who is described as Black.
According to the old versions of the Oxford English Dictionary, the Moors, as early as the Middle Ages and as late as the 17th Century, were “commonly supposed to be black or very swarthy, and hence the word is often used for Negro.
In the Arab literature there is little mention of the word Moor. Rather the term Berber is used to describe these non Arab peoples who occupied the Maghrib (Islamic North Africa west of Egypt). The term Berber may have been derived from the Latin “barbari,” a forerunner to the English “barbarian.”
Webster’s New World Dictionary states that the term Berber refers to, “any of a Muslem people living in North Africa. As berbers and Moors mixed, the word berber became replaced with moor or black, african, negro, ect. The Webster’s New World Dictionary identifies Moors as “a member of Moslem people of mixed Arab and Berber descent.”
This deletion of “black” or “Negro” from the term Moor is generally recent. Though the word “Moor” originally seems to have been meant to indicate only Black African only, it in time came to be applied to Muslims in general, especially the Berbers. The Berbers were thought to be Half European and Half African, while the Arabs were a people of their own. Some Moors were Christians and fought for Christianity and help Europeans. Some Moors were Muslims and fought for Islam and helped the Arabs.
The Berbers chose a side as well depending on what religion they were. Some historians think maybe the Arabs and Berbers that were dark skinned were called Moor as well. Since the word MOOR did evolve from the Greek ‘Mauros’ which meant dark. While the Arabs and Berbers who were light skinned were probably labeled white, mixed or semite. The word Semite is from semi which means half. Half what? True religiously Semite refers to the descendants of Shem, one of Noah’s sons. Yet the word originates from the Latin prefix semi which means half. “half Black and half White or half Asian”...
The other missing Black Presidents are listed as follows: check out this web site.
OMG!! LMAO!! I can’t believe anyone would buy into this.. Anyone that knows anything about history knows that John Hanson the first President is WHITE!!! Helloooo!! He was a Sweedish-American... Have you ever in your life seen a black Sweedish-American????
Plus theirs tons of portraits in the White House of John Hanson and he is WHITE!!
If you all remember that the blacks were slaved until after Washington become President...
Plus all this is only to take swager away from Obama... Obama is the FIRST AND ONLY U.S. BLACK PRESIDENT..
Go to the White house and even look it up online and even read your history books right. The black man didnt even have voting rights until the mid 1900’s so how in the hell is a black man going to be President when they were slaves back then and most of the English were all racist bastards.. LOL
Who ever came up with this rediculous lie is full of crap.. Its just an atempt to take away from Obama. Plus all you need is common sense and again anyone that knows anything about History knows that he was a WHITE SWEEDISH-AMERICAN.. HELL LOOK AT THE STATUE ON THIS POST... DOES HE LOOK BLACK TO YOU???
Go back to school and study history before making up some dumb as assumption..
The scholarship of Dick Gregory is flawless
there are no “Presidents of Congress”. He was elected unanimously by congress, and if you will read the article, that included George Washington. So I apologize if i sound rude, but please do not argue with something if you have no supporting facts.
The “John Hanson” to whom you refer was one of several presidents (14, 2-of whom served two terms) of the Continental Congress. He was, however, president when the ‘Articles of Confederation’ were ratified. While the Articles of Confederation did ‘create’ the United States, it served as a work-in-progress to the U.S. Constitution, which specified how the Country was to work/function.
Before it became fully functional, the Bill-of-Right were added, as well as, the establishment of a U.S.President, Congress, Judiciary and duties.
Hence, the estabilshment of the 1st President of the United States.
I thought Clinton was?
Got a link?
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