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Back Story: All-but-forgotten Marylander was first president under Articles of Confederation
"Many consider John Hanson, who was John Hanson Briscoe's relative and for whom he was named, as being the first president of the United States, and not George Washington," said Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, who was discussing the recent death of Briscoe, his longtime friend and former speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun
January 9, 2014