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This Website is dedicated to President John Hanson and his contributions to the American Revolutionary War and to the birth of our nation. President Hanson was the first President of the United States of America. He was elected on the basis of the sacrifices he made in order to establish our independence and that first constitution.
George Washington was elected as the first president of the second constitution to be adopted and has been written into the history books as the first official leader of our nation. This is a bit surprising, as Hanson was elected immediately after the defeat of the British by American patriots and representatives who had the most intimate knowledge of the events of the war. More surprising is the fact that Washington was elected with the participation of only ten states. This was prior to New York, Rhode Island, and North Carolina joining the union. Hanson was unanimously elected by all thirteen states under the original constitution.
Neither this website nor the book that will follow is intended to diminish the character, the accomplishments, or the historical significance of President George Washington. The aim is not to distinguish the two Presidents but to clarify the differences between the first two constitutions and to explain the ramifications of our skewing the plan the first patriots enacted. One of the strongest arguments for the abandonment of the original constitution was the inability to collect taxes; under that assumption, people say the first constitution was too weak. Ironically, this argument has always been untrue and disingenuous because the first problem the government encountered under the second constitution was the inability to collect taxes after its ratification. The government became larger and larger, ultimately plunging us into civil war and forming the basis of many of the problems that plague us today.
Many of us assume the history we have been taught is the absolute truth. We’ve had no monumental reason to question authority figures or history books, and we are justly proud of our heritage. But perhaps our view of the truth is limited …
Snopes.com is a site that is known for telling its readers what is true and what is false. It tells us John Hanson could not have been the first President because the office of the President did not exist at that time. However, the Snopes folks didn’t perform thorough research. Article nine of the first constitution details the terms of the office of the President. Many news and encyclopedia articles claim that Hanson did not have executive powers when in fact he did. President Hanson enacted his executive power when he endowed General George Washington with liberal authority to negotiate the exchange of British prisoners for the safe return of Americans captives. This executive authority was granted in letter form by President Hanson with his signature and officiated with the great seal of the United States of America.
The greater cause behind this effort is to not only note the distinctions between the first two constitutions, but also to suggest a fundamental redirection of social, legal, and moral principles for the sake of our country’s future. Many of us have accepted that our survival as a free and prosperous nation depends upon our adherence to principles established by our founders. My research delves deeply into the identity of our true founders and their original intent.
— J.J. Cummings