6 Maryland presidential facts


  1. Who ran under the “Know Nothing” Party and only won in Maryland?
  2. Who was the first president of the United States? Yes, before George Washington?
  3. Who was the only president to not only fight in battle, but take the field in Maryland?
  4. This president was the first to give a speech over radio?
  5. The first nominating convention was in Baltimore in 1831…what party held the convention?
  6. Where is the first dedicated statue to George Washington?


#1 Answer: Milliard Fillmore

#2 Answer: John Hanson

George Washington was not the first President of the United States. The first President, John Hanson, was Maryland's representative at the Continental Congress. On November 5, 1781, Hanson, who is considered a black man because of his Moorish background, was elected by the Constitutional Congress to the office of "President of the United States in Congress Assembled." He served for one year and was followed by 6 other Presidents before Washington was elected.

#3 Answer: James Madison

Only one commander in chief has actually taken the field of battle and been fired upon—James Madison. In 1814, Madison took command of an artillery battery manned by Maryland militia who were trying to repel British marines at Bladensburg, Maryland, outside of Washington D.C. Madison was forced to retreat the field and the British later torched the capital city.

#4 Answer: Warren G. Harding

Warren G. Harding was the first president to give a speech over radio. This happened on June 14, 1922, when he spoke at the dedication of the Francis Scott Key memorial at Ft. McHenry, Baltimore, Md. on station WEAR.

#5 Answer: The Anti-Masons

The first political party to hold a nominating convention was The Anti-Masons.  The meeting was in Baltimore in 1831, and representatives from 13 states nominated William Wirt to be their candidate.

#6 Answer: Mt. Vernon

The first civic monument dedicated to President George Washington, Baltimore's Washington Monument, is located in Mount Vernon

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