Who Was Really the First President of the United States!
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First President of the United States
Quick - Who was the first President of the United States?
I'm sure that George Washington was your best guess.
After all, no one else comes to mind.
But think back to your history books - George Washington is revered as the father of our country. He was not, however, our first president. Washington was the first president elected under the Constitution. But the United States existed as a nation for several years before the Constitution was enacted, held together by the Articles of Confederation. The United States declared its independence in 1776, yet Washington did not take office until April 30, 1789. So who was running the country during these initial years of this young country?
Who Was the First President of the United States?
The United States of America was actually formed on March 1, 1781 with the adoption of The Articles of Confederation by Maryland whose delegates delayed its ratification over a western border dispute with Virginia and New York. Upon the March 1 ratification the President of the Continental Congress officially became President of the United States in Congress Assembled.
John Hanson was the first President of the United States to serve the full one-year term (1781–82), under the ratified Articles of Confederation. However, the ratification occurred during the term of Samuel Huntington who served as President from September 28, 1779 to July 6, 1781. Consequently, Samuel Huntington was the first President of the United States in Congress Assembled and was followed by Thomas McKean (July 10, 1781 to November 5, 1781), and John Hanson (the first President to serve the full term of one year - November 5, 1781 to November 4, 1782).
See the following for proper progression
Presidents of the Continental Congress as The United Colonies of America
Peyton Randolph September 5, 1774 to October 22, 1774 and May 20 to May 24, 1775
Henry Middleton October 22, 1774 to October 26, 1774
John Hancock October 27, 1775 to July 1, 1776
Presidents of the Continental Congress United States of America
John Hancock July 2, 1776 to October 29, 1777
Henry Laurens November 1, 1777 to December 9, 1778
John Jay December 10, 1778 to September 28, 1779
Samuel Huntington September 28, 1779 to February 28, 1781
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