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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

Who was the first president of the United States?

I've heard that it's actually not George Washington (He was elected when the English surrendered, but the real first president was the dude in charge when the fight was happening). Am I correct?

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  • Ice
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    1 decade ago
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    There were several 'presidents' under the Articles of Confederation. But the AofC were scrapped for the Constitution, and the first President under the current US Constitution is Washington.

    From Wiki:

    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. Under the Articles, the president was the presiding officer of Congress, chaired the Cabinet (the Committee of the States) when Congress was in recess, and performed other administrative functions. He was not, however, a chief executive in the way the successor President of the United States is a chief executive, but all of the functions he executed were under the auspices and in service of the Congress.

    * 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)

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    George Washington

  • 1 decade ago

    The term "United States of America" was also used under the Articles of Confederation. There was a "President of the United States in Congress Assembled" who was functionally the chairperson of the Congress and, when Congress was not in session, performed a limited amount of administrative duties. The first of these "presidents" was Samuel Huntington of Connecticut.

    As a practical matter, the position of "president of the congress" had existed prior to the passage of the Articles of Confederation, and Huntington simply continued into the "presidential" position under the Articles, as he was the "president" of the Second Continental Congress for about two years immediately prior to the passage of the Articles.

    Others assert that John Hanson of Maryland, who served the "first full term" was the real "first president" under the Articles, even though Thomas McKean of Delaware served out the partial term remaining from Huntington.

    Arguably, if you are going to give "first president" status to the individual who was "president" of the Congress, then the "first president" status really belongs to the man who "president" when the nation who was sitting when the nation declared its independence. We all know him, because his position as "president" meant that he had the responsibility for signing first: John Hancock.

  • 1 decade ago

    The first REAL president was George Washington.

    The presidents before him didn't really rule the country because it was a colony back then, so it was ruled by the English.

    Source(s): My demented mind!
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i was actually george washington. he was the OFFICIAL president and the presidents that were presidents before him don't really matter because no one knows of them.

  • 1 decade ago

    it was bill clinton

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