Who was the first president of the United States?

My grandpa said that George Washington wasnt the first president of the US but some black guy. he said that wahington was the first under the constitution but there was 7 ppl before him that were presidents under the articles of confederation

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  • 9 years ago
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    There were ten people who were Presidents of the United States in Congress Assembled before Washington took over as the first actual President.

    This is because from 1776 to 1787, the United States sorta sucked. We had a crappy constitution called the Articles of Confederation. The President of the United States in Congress Assembled had the same power as Nancy Pelosi would have today, which in comparison to the President, is minimal. They had little more influence than the other members of the Congress, and they held no powers that the Congress did not hold and could not take away from him.

    Then in 1787, the new Constitution of the United States was ratified by the states, and the role of the President was changed. He now had powers separate from the Congress. This is the President that we know today.

    There were ten Presidents of the United States in Congress Assembled... one per year from 1776-1787. Then there was George Washington who was our first true President.

    EDIT: None of the ten were black, and the first was Samuel Huntington.

  • KenB
    Lv 5
    9 years ago

    John Hanson was the first president of the US to serve a full One year term under articles of confederation. There were six others after him, each elected to one year.

    George Washington was the first president of the US under the constitution.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    George Washington

    Source(s): stupid white dumb a$$ guy
  • 9 years ago

    John Hanson, American Patriot and First President of the United States

    (1715-1783)

    Washington won with a total of 69 out of 69 votes. The vote for Washington was unanimous among the Electoral College, those representatives the states elected to choose our president. For vice president, because he won the second highest number of electoral votes, John Adams was elected with a count of 34 out of 69 votes. These two men are both federalists. Federalists are advocates of the creation of a federal system of government as outlined in the constitution. Other candidates included Jay who received 9 votes, Harrison who received 6 votes, Rutledge who received 6 votes, Hancock who received 4 votes, Clinton who received 3 votes, Huntington who received 2 votes, Hilton who received 2 votes, Armstrong, Lincoln, and Telfair only received 1 vote.

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  • 9 years ago

    Peyton Randolph was the first President of the Continental Congress but he wasn't Black.

    Washington was the first President of the United States under the Constitution.

  • 9 years ago

    George Washington

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Under the articles congress was the only federal body. There were presidents of the continental congresses beforehand, but Washington was in fact the 1st president of the United States. Under the articles and before them they was "president of the united states congress assembled"

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_the_Unit...

    But they do not qualify as an actual president as they were not a chief executive.

  • 9 years ago

    There was no President under the Articles of Confederation.

  • 9 years ago

    Washington...

    Excuse me for my historical accuracy, but I don't think around those times a black man could POSSIBLY become president! Don't listen to your grandpa... crazy old goon.

  • 9 years ago

    John Hancock.

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