Peyton Randolph 1721-1775, (uncle of Edmund Jennings Randolph, a Delegate from Virginia, born at Tazewell Hall, Williamsburg, Virginia, in September 1721; received his early education under private tutors; was graduated from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia; studied law at the Inner Temple, London, England, and was appointed King's attorney for Virginia in 1748; member of the Virginia House of Burgesses 1764-1774 and served as speaker in 1766; chairman of the committee of correspondence in 1773; president of the Virginia conventions of 1774 and 1775; Member of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pa., September 5, 1774, and elected its President but resigned October 22, 1774, to attend the Virginia House of Burgesses; reelected to the Continental Congress, which met in Philadelphia in May 1775 and again served as President; died in Philadelphia, Pa., October 22, 1775; interment beneath the chapel of the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.
The American Presidency
John Hanson (1721-1783), was a Maryland statesman at the time of the Revolutionary War in America (1775-1783). In 1781, he served as president of the Congress of the Confederation, which operated the first government of the United States.
Hanson was born in Charles County, Maryland. He served in the Maryland Assembly almost every year from 1757 to 1779. Hanson helped lead resistance to various British attempts to tax the American Colonies, including the Stamp Act of 1765 and the Townshend Acts of 1767. He also helped organize and arm troops to fight the British during the Revolutionary War.
In 1779, Hanson was elected to the Continental Congress. He signed the Articles of Confederation, the agreement by which the original 13 English colonies formed the United States in 1781. Maryland placed a statue of Hanson in the U.S. Capitol in 1903. -- Pauline Maier, World Book Encyclopedia, 1989
http://lcweb.loc.gov/ Database Name: Library of Congress Online Catalog YOU SEARCHED: Keyword = John Hanson SEARCH RESULTS: Displaying 24 of 10000 records John Hanson: first President of the United States under the Articles of... Relevance: LC Control Number: 66083903 Type of Material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.) Brief Description: Johnson, Amandus, 1877- [from old catalog] John Hanson: first President of the United States under the Articles of Confederation. [Philadelphia, Swedish Colonial Society, 1966] 24 p. ports. 23 cm. CALL NUMBER: Microfilm 57750 E Copy 1 -- Request in: Microform Reading Room (Jefferson, LJ139B) -- Status: Not Charged Output for Record(s) on This Screen: Which Format? Print or Save Records Plain Text--ASCII MARC (save only) Email Address: Database · New Search · Headings List ·Titles List ·Help (Contents) · Account Status · Help (This Screen) ----------------------------------- Subject: Re: John Hanson: first President of the United States From: Big Al Hey Gene, something is wrong. Hanson was not the first President of the United States. According to Paul Harvey, the radio personality, he researched it and it was Sam Huntington. Also I have Sam signing off as President of the United States in the New Jersey Constitution. There were 12 Presidents from Huntington to Washington. I wonder who is right, Paul Harvey's research or what is in the Library of Congress? Interesting. Big Al -------------------------------------------- Here are the results of another search: -------------------------------------------- Database Name: Library of Congress Online Catalog YOU SEARCHED: Keyword = "Articles of Confederation" "President of the United States" "Presidents of the United States" SEARCH RESULTS: Displaying 1 of 3736 records The presidents of the United States, their memoirs and administrations,... Relevance: LC Control Number: 06008593 Type of Material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.) Personal Name: Williams, Edwin, 1797-1854. Main Title: The presidents of the United States, their memoirs and administrations, including an account of the inauguration of each president, and a history of the political events of his administration, and the transactions of Congress at each session: to which is added, the Declaration of independence; Articles of confederation, etc. By Edwin Williams. Published/Created: New York, E. Walker, 1849. Description: 680 p. front., ports. 24 cm. Subjects: Presidents--United States--Biography. United States--Politics and government. LC Classification: E176.1 .W69 Other System No.: (OCoLC)3880361 CALL NUMBER: E176.1 .W69 Copy 1 -- Request in: Book Service: Jefferson (Main Eur Hisp LHG) or Adams 5th fl -- Status: Not Charged -------------------------------------------- From: "Harry V. Martin" email@example.com At 08:49 PM 10/6/00 -0400, you wrote: >John Hanson wasn't the first president either. >It was Peyton Randolph. >gene karl >http://www.no-debts.com/anti-federalist/page2.html Hanson according to the Library of Congress and the U.S. Archives was the first President of the United States in Congress Assembled. In fact a commemorative coin was struck with those specific words on it - showing Hanson on one said and George Washington at the surrender of Cornwallis on the other side. Peyton, Hancock, etc. were presidents of the Continental Congress. The United States was not formed at the time of Payton nor was the Declaration of Independence written. Hanson became the First President after a treaty was signed with England and took office in 1781 when it was considered official. The Articles of Confederation were written before the Declaration of Independence, however they were not ratified until 1781 creating the United States of America in perpetuity. Maryland was the lone holdout demanding the New York and Virginia cede their western lands. Once they did, Maryland signed the Articles to make them official. Hanson was elected the First President under the fully ratified Articles. Before then, the United States was technically non-existent. Under Hanson for the first time, an actual presidential residency was established, the Great Seal (which is used today) was created. Federal offices and Federal ministers for different posts were created. Even Abraham Lincoln recognized Hanson's efforts and said that Hanson and Washington should be given equal recognition status. Between the Senate and House is Hanson's statute with the markings that he was the first president of the United States. His predecessors lacked the full power that he had, they were only chairman of the Continental Congress which did not technically have the Articles of Confederation - at least not ratified. There is a far difference between those before Hanson and those that came after him, eventually leading to stronger presidents. "Harry V. Martin" firstname.lastname@example.org Amercia's first President - John Hanson, By Harry V. Martin
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