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John Hanson was the first "President of the United States in Congress Assembled" under the Articles of Confederation. This means that he presided over the Continental Congress. Therefore his duties were most similar to those of the modern Speaker of the House of Representatives or the Vice President of the United States in his capacity as President of the US Senate. The President of the United States in Congress Assembled was never intended to be the "chief executive" of the country or "commander-in-chief" of the US Military.

John Hanson was a white man from Maryland. The rumor that he was black is false. Frequently a photograph (daguerrotype) of a black man, John Hanson Moor, is presented as evidence that John Hanson was black. In truth, there was no photography of any kind during John Hanson's lifetime. John Hanson Moor was a Liberian senator, unrelated to John Hanson.

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