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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Hephzibah, GA 30815
Commander of Chief
Chief of State
As chief executive the president is responsible for carrying out the nation’s laws.
As chief diplomat, the president directs foreign policy, appoints ambassadors, and negotiates treaties with other nations.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
Richard H. Lee (1785)
Arthur St. Clair (1787)
Cyrus Griffin (1788)Remember- six other presidents were elected after him…
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.
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.