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Our First President, John Hanson 1715 - 1783. Karen Jacobs Morgan Road Middle School Hiers Blvd. Hephzibah, GA 30815. What are the qualifications of becoming the president?. Must be a citizen of the United States by birth At least 35 years old Resident of the United States for 14 years.

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our first president john hanson 1715 1783

Our First President, John Hanson1715 - 1783

Karen Jacobs

Morgan Road Middle School

Hiers Blvd.

Hephzibah, GA 30815

what are the qualifications of becoming the president
What are the qualifications of becoming the president?
  • Must be a citizen of the United States by birth
  • At least 35 years old
  • Resident of the United States for 14 years
what are the roles of the president
What are the roles of the president?

Chief Executive

Chief Diplomat

Commander of Chief

Chief of State

Legislative Leader

chief executive
Chief Executive

As chief executive the president is responsible for carrying out the nation’s laws.

chief diplomat
Chief Diplomat

As chief diplomat, the president directs foreign policy, appoints ambassadors, and negotiates treaties with other nations.

commander in chief
Commander in Chief

As commander in chief of the armed forces, the president can use the military to intervene or offer assistance in crises at home and around the world. He cannot declare war;Congress holds this power.

chief of the state
Chief of the State

As chief of the state, the president serves a symbolic role as the representative of all Americans. He fulfills this role when receiving foreign ambassadors or heads of state, visiting foreign nations, or bestowing honors on Americans.

legislative leader
Legislative Leader

The president serves as a legislative leader by proposing laws to Congress and working to see that they are passed. In the annual State of the Union address, the president presents goals for legislation.

who was john hanson
Who was John Hanson?

John Hanson was born in Maryland. He displayed energy and decisive patriotism at the commencement of the Revolutionary war. He was elected a delegate to Congress, and while a member of that body his reputation for practical ability steadily rose. In 1781, Mr. Hanson was elected president of Congress, and he continued to hold that office until 1783, when death removed him from the scene of his patriotic services

what was his personal life like
He was named after his grandfather who came from England.

His parents owned a farm.

He had no formal education while growing up.

He followed the family tradition as a planter.

He married Jane Contee in 1744.

He died at his nephew’s plantation at Oxon Hill in Prince George’s County, MD.

What was his personal life like?
political career
Political Career
  • Represented Charles County in the colonial assembly in 1757
  • Served several positions in local government
  • Gained a reputation as an out spoken supporter of moves towards revolution
political career continues
Political Career continues…
  • His speeches contributed to Maryland’s decision to support rebels engaged in the Siege of Boston
  • December 1779 House of Delegates named as one of the delegates of the Continental Congress
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Political career continues…
  • June 14, 1781 took his seat in Philadelphia
  • Articles of Confederation were ratified by all states
  • March 1, 1781 joined Daniel Carroll in endorsing Maryland
john hanson the president
John Hanson the President

As the first president, Hanson had quite the shoes to fill. No one had ever been president and the role was poorly defined. His actions in office would set precedent for all future Presidents. He took office as the revolutionary war ended.Almost immediately, the troops demanded to be paid. There were no funds, as a result the soldiers threatened to overthrow the new government and put Washington on the throne as a monarch.

his presidency continues
His presidency continues…

All the members of the Congress ran for their lives. He managed to calm the troops and hold the country together.

He later ordered all foreign troops off American soil, as well as the removal of all foreign flags. This was quiet a feat, considering the fact that many European countries had a stake in the United States since the days of Columbus.

john hanson
John Hanson
  • He later established the first Treasury department, the first Secretary of War, and the first Foreign Affairs Department.
  • He declared that the fourth Thursday of every November to be Thanksgiving Day.
  • The Articles of Confederation allowed a President to serve a one-year term during a three year period.
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He served from November 5, 1781 – November 3, 1782.
  • First President to serve a full term after the full ratification of the Articles of Confederation.
  • Remained a confirmed anti-federalist until his death.
remember six other presidents were elected after him
Elias Boudinot (1783)

Thomas Mifflin(1784)

Richard H. Lee (1785)

Nathan Gorman(1786)

Arthur St. Clair (1787)

Cyrus Griffin (1788)

Remember- six other presidents were elected after him…
why don t we ever hear about the first seven presidents of the united states
Why don’t we ever hear about the first seven Presidents of the United States?

It’s quite simple! The Articles of Confederation didn’t work well. The individual states had too much power and nothing could be agreed upon.A new doctrine needed to be written – something we know as the CONSTITUTION.

in conclusion
In conclusion..

George Washington was definitely not the first President of the United States. He was the first President if the United States under the Constitution we follow today. And the first seven Presidents are forgotten in history.