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Biography JOHN HANSON

John Hanson, our 1ST President?

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Honored by the USPS 11/5/81

Born in Maryland in 1721, Mulberry Grove, near Port Tobacco, Charles County, Md.,
     He  pursued an academic course, though as a planter he engaged in agricultural pursuits as well. he was a member of the State house of delegates for nine terms; member of the State senate 1757-1773; moved to Frederick County in 1773; delegate to the General Congress at Annapolis in 1774; treasurer of Frederick County in 1775; member of the Maryland convention of 1775;He was a member of the Maryland General Assembly from 1757- 1779 and became a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1780 , following the ratification of the Articles of Confederation on March 1, 1781 John Hanson of Maryland was elected by his fellow members of the Congress of the Confederation to a one year term as President of the body and referred to as President of the United States . Because of this he is sometimes today, & by some, considered to be the 1st President as opposed to George  Washington who filled that position in 1789 under the newly ratified U.S. Constitution.
Hanson died 3 years after his election as President , having served one term 1781-1782 as the presiding officer of the Congress.

Point of Reference; There were Six other presidents 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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