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"George Washington, as numerous don’t know, was not the an initial President the the unified States. The first President that the United states was one man Hanson, and also he was a black color man."


A story make the ring on on facebook is daunting what american know about the very first president of your country.

Liberty authors Africa, a website the publishes articles about African background and culture, ran a story April 3 with the headline: "The an initial American President was A Black man — not George Washington." The article’s lead graphic mirrors a sit black male next to a $2 bill, on i m sorry one human being is circled.

"George Washington, as many don’t know, was not the very first President the the joined States," the short article claims. "The very first President the the United says was one man Hanson, and he to be a black man. Or it can be claimed that he had African genes."

The write-up includes several embedded photos that the $2 bill that highlight a darker figure, purportedly Hanson. Together children, most Americans space taught the Washington was the an initial U.S. President. This post was flagged as component of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and also misinformation on its News Feed, and also we looked into it. (Read an ext about our partnership through Facebook.)

No surprise here: Liberty writers Africa’s write-up doesn’t examine out. Proof from the Library that Congress reflects that Washington was the first official chairman of the U.S.

That’s not to to speak the website fully made somebody up. There space actually two men named john Hanson who were vital to at an early stage U.S. Background — but the article mixes lock up, and also neither to be president. reached out to Liberty authors Africa because that the source of their claim through the website, but we haven’t heard back. We’ll upgrade this post if us do.

The case in question had already been debunked by various other fact-checkers, including Snopes and also The previous published that fact-check way back in 2001.

But we still wanted to take it a closer look in ~ the stays of both john Hansons — and figure out who’s pictured top top the earlier of the $2 bill.

The white man Hanson

The first notable man Hanson we can find in American history lived from one of two people 1715  or 1721 till 1783 — main sources do not agree on his day of birth.

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A white guy from Maryland, Hanson served as a member of the continent Congress from 1780-1782. He to be a signer of the articles of Confederation as soon as it was ratified in 1781 by the initial 13 states. The paper served as a precursor for the U.S. Constitution, i m sorry was very first drafted in 1787.


(Painting by Johan Hesselius circa 1770)

In accordance v the articles of Confederation, Hanson was elected the president of the continent Congress ~ above Nov. 5, 1781. One more seven "presidents" followed in succeeding years. The posts of Confederation were replaced in 1789 through the current U.S. Constitution. 

Some have said that Hanson was the an initial president of the U.S. Seymour Wemyss Smith’s 1932 biography title "John Hanson, Our first president," is unequivocal on this point: "John Hanson was undeniably the first President after us were a totally free people..." he begins in his preface.