John Hanson, our 1ST President?
|FDC with a Fleetwood cachet
|Honored by the USPS 11/5/81
Born in Maryland in 1721, Mulberry Grove, near Port Tobacco, Charles County,
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.