Obnoxious Droppings

A Former Sgt in the US Marines, US Army and Australian Federal Police - With an Attitude Problem - Looking at the Shits & Giggles of life from a Quasi-Conservative Point of View * * * WARNING! STRONG LANGUAGE FOLLOWS! * * *

23 August, 2004

A History Quiz

Does anyone out there recognize these names?

- John Hanson
- Elias Boudinot
- Thomas Mifflin
- Richard Henry Lee
- Nathan Gorman
- Arthur St. Clair
- Cyrus Griffin

No? Give up?

Well, every American should know who these men were, especially John Hanson. These seven gentlemen were all President of the United States before George Washington!

Under the Articles of Confederation, each man was elected for a period not exceeding one year, and it was only after the Constitution was adopted that Washington took office.

Admittedly, the Articles of Confederation didn’t work very well, but I can’t understand why these men have been so neglected by out schools and historians.

John Hanson became the first President of our Nation right after the Revolutionary War and did a lot of good work in his short year. Go to Google and check these men out – a very interesting chapter of American history (especially when you consider the relationship between Richard “Lighthorse Harry” Lee and Robert E. Lee - Robt. was Harry's son!)

5 Comments:

At 9:38 PM, Blogger Claudia said...

You know, I knew this back when I was in High School - and was smart ass that when a test question came up asking who the first President was I was the only person that didn't say George Washington.

Had quite the battle w/the history teacher over it - and though he tried to flunk me all year, I did get it right and proved his sorry ass wrong.

Yea, I was not very diplomatic back in my youth (as if that's ever changed)

 
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