By Wyatt Earp | January 28, 2009
This is unusually early this week, primarily because I just starting reading my Christmas gift from the wife: “,” by Rick Beyer. I highly recommend it for history buffs, because some of its tales are unbelievable. And yet, they are completely true. To wit:
John Hanson: America’s First President
George Washington is revered as the Father of Our Country. He was not, however, our first president.
Washington was the first president elected under the Constitution, taking office in 1789. But the United States came together as a nation several years before the Constitution was enacted. In 1781, when the last of the thirteen colonies ratified the Articles of Confederation, the new country was officially brought into being.
Shortly thereafter, Congress, by unanimous vote, made John Hanson the first man elected to a full term as president of the United States. His full title was actually “President of the United States in Congress Assembled.” He didn’t have all the powers of a modern chief executive, but make no mistake, he was the only president we had.
Hanson served only one year, and is now largely forgotten, but at the time, a colleague wrote: “I congratulate your Excellency on your appointment to fill the most important seat in the United States.”
That letter was signed by none other than George Washington.
And now you know. Feel free to use this information to appear smarter to your friends. I know I will.
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