Man Sues Treasury Secretary for More President
A Florida man has sued
U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson with the
goal of recognizing 10 men he says were
president before George Washington. He wants
Paulson to add these men into the Presidential
$1 coin series.
Stanley L. Klos of Palm Beach, Florida would
like everyone to know and recognize the men who
were Presidents of the United States in Congress
Assembled—leaders after the Articles of
Confederation were adopted in March of 1781 and
prior to Washington’s presidency in 1789.
The men Klos speaks of are Samuel Huntington,
Thomas McKean, John Hanson, Elias Boudinot,
Thomas Mifflin, Richard Henry Lee, John Hancock,
Nathanial Gorham, Arthur St. Clair and Cyrus
Griffin. Men, he says and talks about in his
book, President Who? Forgotten Founders, who not
only held top positions in U.S. history, but
signed national documents as the President.
"If you go into the national archive, the first
thing that greets you is the Treaty of Paris
proclamation signed under the great seal of the
United States of America by our president,
Thomas Mifflin,” Klos says. “It ended the war
with Great Britain.”
So why sue Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson?
Paulson is over the United States Mint, and the
Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 requires,
"…the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in
commemoration of each
of the Nation’s past Presidents…"
It further directs the Secretary of Treasury in
the general design of every Presidential $1
"…The design on the obverse shall contain— the
name and likeness of a President of the United
In affect, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is
the top government official responsible for
carrying out the requirements set within the law
for the Presidential $1 coins and minting them.
The lawsuit was filed in the Middle District of
Florida on May 1, 2008. U.S. District Judge
Steven D. Merryday will preside over the case.
Getting a positive judgment may be difficult.
Although historical leaders in their own right,
Presidents of the United States in Congress
Assembled invoked different authority and
responsibilities compared to the later
constitutionally created position of President
of the United States.