Abraham Lincoln‘s mother Nancy Hanks was claimed to be of African descent.According to historian William E. Barton, a rumor “current in various forms in several sections of the South” was that Lincoln’s biological father was Abraham Enloe, which Barton dismissed as “false”. According to Doug Wead, Enloe publicly denied this connection to Lincoln but is reported to have privately confirmed it. Another claim was that Lincoln was “part Negro”,but that was unproven. Mail received by Lincoln called him “a negro” and a “mulatto”. May have been a Melungeon. Thomas Lincoln’s “complexion [was] swarthy”. According to Lincoln’s law partner William H. Herndon, Lincoln had “very dark skin” although “his cheeks were leathery and saffron-colored” and “his face was … sallow,” and “his hair was dark, almost black”. Abraham Lincoln described himself ca. 1838–’39 as “black” and his “complexion” in 1859 as “dark” but whether he meant either in an ancestral sense is unknown. The Charleston Mercury described him as being “of … the dirtiest complexion”.
George Washington was not the first President of the United States. In fact, the first President of the United States was one John Hanson. 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 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 just as the Revolutionary War ended. Almost immediately, the troops demanded to be paid. As would be expected after any long war, there were no funds to meet the salaries. As a result, the soldiers threatened to overthrow the new government and put Washington on the throne as a monarch.
All the members of Congress ran for their lives, leaving Hanson as the only guy left running the government. He somehow managed to calm the troops down and hold the country together. If he had failed, the government would have fallen almost immediately and everyone would have been bowing to King Washington. In fact, Hanson sent 800 pounds of sterling silver by his brother Samuel Hanson to George Washington to provide the troops with shoes. Hanson, as President, ordered all foreign troops off American soil, as well as the removal of all foreign flags. This was quite the feat, considering the fact that so many European countries had a stake in the United States since the days following Columbus. Hanson established the Great Seal of the United States, which all Presidents have since been required to use on all official documents.
President Hanson also established the first Treasury Department, the first Secretary of War, and the first Foreign Affairs Department. Lastly, he declared that the fourth Thursday of every November was to be Thanksgiving Day, which is still true today.
The Articles of Confederation only allowed a President to serve a one year term during any three year period, so Hanson actually accomplished quite a bit in such little time.