Want to learn more? I encourage all to access the records in the U.S. Congress Biographical Directory. No, it will state his race however it does provide verification of his positions including elected President of the Continental Congress on November 5, 1781. Please access the proper link: http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=h000177
Im a 7th Grade Girl in School Right Now Trying To prove To my teacher That It Was A Black First President it And Sure Wasnt Obama
The picture in the library of congress for a Black man named John Hanson is NOT, I repeat, IS NOT the John Hanson that was president of the Articles of the Confederate. That John Hanson is nothing more than a Senator
Good job anonymous! I'm very proud that you went out and you are weighing all the information you can get. I'm glad you are aware that people might not be telling the whole truth, even if they are telling some of the truth. Keep asking questions and do your best!
woww!!! very interesting info....i am a african american 8th grrade girl, who is still trying to figure out if john hanson is white or black! some websites is saying that he is white, others black. im not saying that the guy who made this article is right, but he broke it down a little bit more than others. lol
Seek and you shall find. The truth is bitter but must be spoken and only the wise recognize it and can handle it. I am not a racist so don't be quick to judge me because you might be surprise to know my skin color.
Wow, it amazes me how educated people refuse to admit to the normal every day distortion and hiding of the truth by the " highly racist" ruling body at that time and even till today who will do every thing to oppress the minority, hide the truth from them and give "the white man" credit for every good thing. Thank God nowadays its very difficult to hide the truth of such nature. I do not doubt it if John Hanson's story has become so blurred because if only any of you who know how to do their research can research some fine works of blacks and other non-white people that has been taken over and credit given to the white men then you may understand some of the games going on until then can you fully understand what's going on behind the scenes. Personally, I think it would have been very difficult for a black man to be and if he was indeed a black then they would do everything possible to take it out of mind, site and history. Thus, the fact that there are scrums on the table suggests that someone must have eaten on that table.
Now this is what real historians call RESEARCH! We take our profession (which is also our passion) very seriously! As an African American women, I would have loved for John Hanson to be a black man, but HE WAS NOT! My advice to people is before you go spreading untruths about historical events, people, or issues, is to research the topic through and through! DON'T MAKE ANY ASSUMPTIONS!!!!
I am black man who can clearly determine that John Hanson was white! After fully researching the back ground of Hanson this is what I come up with.
John Hanson assumed the Presidency on November 3, 1781, the first man to be elected under the new Articles of Confederation. Hanson was elected by a unanimous vote and all potential candidates refused to run against him because of his work during the revolution and influence in Congress. He was a delegate from Maryland. His family was at the forefront of Maryland's struggle for freedom and equality long before the American Revolution. This does not mean he was black, but also gave the idea to President Lincoln for freedom and equality as well.
According to the scarce historical documents of this time, there is sufficient evidence to support the fact that there was neither statesman nor leader in whom Washington reposed more faith and confidence than he did in John Hanson. And for good reason, Hanson organized two companies of riflemen who were the first troops to come from the South to join General Washington's army in New England. Hanson's oldest son, Alexander Contee Hanson, was Washington's private secretary in the field. Alexander also served twice as an elector for Washington. Hanson's second son, Samuel, was a field surgeon for Washington. Samuel, the brother of John Hanson, presented 800 pounds sterling to General Washington to provide shoes for his soldiers at Valley Forge. In the later years you can view pitcher of his sons and daughter who are all clearly white.
Two American presidents also descended from the Hanson family, Henry William Harrison, the ninth President of the United States, and his grandson, Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd President of the United States. Before becoming President, Hanson and his family were one of the most influential in Maryland. His forefathers came from Sweden with a link to the Swedish royal family. Hanson's great-grandfather, Colonel John Hanson, was a trusted officer of King Gustavus Adolphus. He was killed in the battle of Lutzen during the Thirty Years War while shielding the king. The Swedish king was also slain in that battle. Ten years later, Queen Christina sent the sons of Colonel Hanson to the new world to build a colony. Hanson's grandfather settled eventually in Maryland, an asylum in the New World for Catholics. The colony had friendly relationships with the Indians.
In 1649, the Assembly of Maryland approved a guarantee of perfect toleration to all religious sects. Maryland became a crystallizing center, almost from its beginning, for the growth of personal liberty and religious freedom. Samuel Hanson, father of John Hanson, was a member of the General Assembly of Maryland, considered a distinguished position in the colonists' eyes as equal to a Member of Parliament. He also served as the County Sheriff, Commissary, Clerk and a member of the board of visitors of the county school. "He was a man of profound learning and good judgment, experienced as a lawmaker, learned in the law and respected for his attitude toward law enforcement," Jacob A. Nelson stated in his 1939 publication John Hanson and the Inseparable Union. "He created an atmosphere that was becoming to a freeman and exerted an influence that promised rich returns. It was in such a home John Hanson was born and reared."
In 18th century colonial America any free Black man with intelligence, money or capital could command respect. Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806) the noted inventor and surveyor is one such example. Historians overlook Lemuel Haynes (1753-1833) who served approximately 30 years as Pastor for a Caucasian Congregational parish in Vermont beginning in 1788.
However, the figure on the reverse of the two dollar bill is not a Black man and certainly not John Hanson. Hanson was not present at that classic meeting of the signing of the Declaration. The figure in question is actually Robert Morris, one of the great financers of the revolution. The image is certainly compatible with other portraits of Morris. What many mistake for a Black man is merely the heavy handed etching of an engraver's tool - however intentionally or accidentally.
There are no photographs of John Hanson, President of the United States in Congress Assembled. An original portrait (painting) of Hanson prior to his position as President exists in Baltimore's Museum of Art
One can easily discern some level of miscegenation took place with his ancestry and that based on his full features and not his color.
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