The Real First POTUS

I love these little pieces of odd history. This was copied from Unknown America, a trivia book by Micheal P. Hart.

Some historians challenge the commonly held belief that George Washington was the first President of the United States. Some claim that it was really a man named John Hanson who died in 1783. Sometimes called the β€œForgotten President,” Hanson was the first elected President under the Articles of Confederation. The Articles of Confederation, which were formally known as the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, was an agreement among all thirteen original states that served as the First Constitution. It was drafted by a committee appointed by the Second Continental Congress beginning on July 12, 1776, and an approved version was sent to the states for ratification in late 1777. The formal ratification by all thirteen states was completed in early 1781. Government under the Articles was superseded by today’s Constitution and Federal form of government in 1789.

President John Hanson

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