Who was the first president of the United States?

I know that George Washington is the first president under the American Constitution. But before the constitution there was a group of laws called The Articles of Confederation. There were 7 presidents on that group before The Articles of Confederation failed and USA created the Constitution and the first president was George Washington. So... who was the first president of the United States of America?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The following list is of those who led the Congress of the Confederation under the Articles of Confederation as the Presidents of the United States in Congress Assembled. The "president" under the Articles was the presiding officer of Congress. He was not the chief executive, as is the President of the United States under the Constitution.

    Samuel Huntington (March 1, 1781 – July 9, 1781)

    Thomas McKean (July 10, 1781 – November 4, 1781)

    John Hanson (November 5, 1781 – November 3, 1782)

    Elias Boudinot (November 4, 1782 – November 2, 1783)

    Thomas Mifflin (November 3, 1783 – October 31, 1784)

    Richard Henry Lee (November 30, 1784 – November 6, 1785)

    John Hancock (November 23, 1785 – May 29, 1786)

    Nathaniel Gorham (June 6, 1786 – November 5, 1786)

    Arthur St. Clair (February 2, 1787 – November 4, 1787)

    Cyrus Griffin (January 22, 1788 – November 2, 1788)

    For a full list of Presidents of the Congress Assembled and Presidents under the two Continental Congresses before the Articles, see President of the Continental Congress.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The following list is of those who led the Congress of the Confederation under the Articles of Confederation as the Presidents of the United States in Congress Assembled. The "president" under the Articles was the presiding officer of Congress. They were not the chief executive, as is the President of the United States under the Constitution.

    Samuel Huntington (March 1, 1781 – July 9, 1781)

    Thomas McKean (July 10, 1781 – November 4, 1781)

    John Hanson (November 5, 1781 – November 3, 1782)

    Elias Boudinot (November 4, 1782 – November 2, 1783)

    Thomas Mifflin (November 3, 1783 – October 31, 1784)

    Richard Henry Lee (November 30, 1784 – November 6, 1785)

    John Hancock (November 23, 1785 – May 29, 1786)

    Nathaniel Gorham (June 6, 1786 – November 5, 1786)

    Arthur St. Clair (February 2, 1787 – November 4, 1787)

    Cyrus Griffin (January 22, 1788 – November 2, 1788)

    The ONLY Federal institution under the Articles of Confederation was Congress. So, before the 1788 ratification of the Constitution, there was no comparable figure with executive authority. Individuals who presided over the Continental Congress during the Revolutionary period and under the Articles of Confederation had the title "President of the United States of America in Congress Assembled", often shortened to "President of the United States". They had no important executive power.

    Source(s): History and Text Version of the Articles of Confederation by Stanley L. Klos http://www.articlesofconfederation.com/
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  • 1 decade ago

    George Washington was the first president of the United States. The articles of confederation formed 13 independent and sovereign states. So until the Constitution was ratified, there was, in fact, no "United States of America" as a single, united country, just 13 countries united in a common goal - independence from England.

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