Hist 156 Extra Credit

Hist 156 Extra Credit - Nicole Barbour Instructor Vanneson...

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Nicole Barbour Instructor Vanneson Extra Credit December 7, 2009 First U.S. President Not Under the Constitution Many Americans view George Washington as the first president of the United States; however, there was another man that can be acknowledged as the first leader of our newly founded nation. John Hanson was an American who can be perceived as the first president after The Articles of Confederation were established. Once the articles were signed the founding fathers decided that it was necessary to have a leader in charge of running the young country. It has been recognized that “Jon Hanson was chosen unanimously by Congress (which included George Washington),” who would later become the first president under the constitution (Grant). The election of Jon Hanson as president of the United States from November 5, 1781 until November 3, 1782 played a major role in the history of our nation. When Jon Hanson first became president it was unknown what his duties and responsibilities should be as the new leader of the United States. Hanson was known for being an important participant in Congress and greatly influenced the Revolution. There was no set standard for how Hanson should act; however, “[h]is actions in office would set precedent for all future Presidents” (Grant). As soon as Hanson took office he had to face the demands of paying the troops for their participation in the Revolutionary War. If Hanson had not come up with the salaries that they demanded, they would have overthrown the government and our nation’s history would have been greatly different. Hanson as the President “ordered all foreign troops off
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American soil, as well as the removal of all foreign flags” (Grant). During his presidency Hanson created the first Foreign Affairs Department, Treasury Department, and the first Secretary of War. Hanson only severed one term as president because under The Articles of Confederation a president could only serve four years in office. Jon Hanson was the original first president of the United States under the Articles of
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This note was uploaded on 03/16/2011 for the course HIST 126 taught by Professor Vanneson during the Fall '09 term at Pierce College.

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