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John Hanson (a Moor) was actually the 1st President of the United States, he served from 1781 - 1782 and he was black. The new country was actually formed on March 1, 1781 with the adoption of The Articles of Confederation. This document was actually proposed on June 11, 1776, but not agreed upon by Congress until November 15, 1777. Maryland refused to sign this document until Virginia and New York ceded their western lands (Maryland was afraid that these states would gain too much power in the new government from such large amounts of land). Once the signing took place in 1781, a President was needed to run the country. John Hanson was chosen unanimously by Congress (which included George Washington). In fact, all the other potential candidates refused to run against him, as he was a major player in the revolution and an extremely influential member of Congress.

As President, Hanson ordered all foreign troops off American soil, as well as removal of all foreign flags. He established the Great Seal of the United States, which all Presidents since have been required to use on all Official Documents. He declared that the 4th Thursday of every November to be Thanksgiving Day, which is still true today. Even though elected, one variable that was never thought through was that America was not going to accept a Black President during the heart of the enslavement period. Enter George Washington.

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No. George Washington was the first president of The USA. Barack Obama (elected 4 November 2008) was the first black president elected. Yes that is true but they have evidence that Abrham Lickning ( Sorry for the bad spelling) had some backround of African American in his backround

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There have been many black presidents. It depends on which country you are referring to.
Yes, there has been a black president, Barack Obama of the US in 2009.

Nelson Mandela is also a famous black president, having become president of South Africa in 1994

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If you are talking about US presidents, only one. Barack Obama is the first black president of the United States.

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Barack Obama will be the first black president of the US.

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No, there was not. But Bill Clinton was jokingly called the first black president, because of his strong support for civil rights and his popularity with black voters.

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It is very possible. Some say Barack Obama is the first Black U.S. president, but he is actually biracial. His father is black and his mother is white.

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no Barack Obama is the first black president

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No, there was not. But Bill Clinton was jokingly called the first black president, because of his strong support for civil rights and his popularity with black voters.

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