Who was the First President of the United States?

George Washington?

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Wrong! It was not George Washington. It was Peyton Randolph of Virginia. Isn't it strange we are not informed about this. OK, who's was first heralded as the "Father of our country"? And by whom? No, and yes.. It was Henry Laurens heralded by George Washington!

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Dec 3, 2001 - Who was the first president of the United States? Ask any school child and they will readily tell you "George Washington." And of course, they ...

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  • ?
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    6 years ago
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    It was Samuel Huntington from March 1, 1781 to July 9, 1781. He led the Congress of the Confederation as the first 'President of the United States in Congress Assembled' after the articles had been ratified by the states and became effective his first day in office. Your question asks, "[WHO was the the 'First President of the United States?'" The Articles of the Confederation was the first document which styled the new nation as "United States" after she had won her independence and recognized internationally under self rule. Furthermore, the articles constituted a complete agreement among confederated states. It was an office so titled and this office did not hold the power of its successor "President of the United States" under article II of the Constitution of the United States which replaced the articles. The President of the United States Assembled conducted the affairs of the nation and headed the "A Committee" of nine states which Congress adjourned.

    Wiki points this out:

    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 Committee of the States when Congress was in recess, and performed other administrative functions. He was not, however, an executive in the way the successor President of the United States is a chief executive, since all of the functions he executed were under the direct control of Congress.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Articles_of_Confedera... [1]

    George Washington was a 'first president of the United States' but not the first, but first among firsts with power given to him under a separate department with executive agencies under the new constitution.

    One could argue it was Peyton Randolph who served from September 5, 1774 to 1778, but this was pre-articles with no power vested in a single government regardless of strength or weakness. He was followed by five other people included John Jay, a future Supreme Court justice and John Hancock.

    Here is the supporting argument for Hanson in support of the other respondent to the question:

    Because John Hanson was the first president to serve a one-year term under the terms of the Articles of Confederation, his grandson promoted him as the "first President of the United States" and waged a successful campaign to have Hanson's statue placed in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol, even though, according to historian Gregory Stiverson, Hanson was not one of Maryland's foremost leaders of the Revolutionary era.

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

    My final support for my argument lies under the title of the articles itself, "Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union." The articles was the first agreement that established the union of states labeled "United States" in the leadership evolved from.

    Source(s): [1] source above.
  • 3 years ago

    Best Answer: It was Samuel Huntington from March 1, 1781 to July 9, 1781. He led the Congress of the Confederation as the first 'President of the United States in Congress Assembled' after the articles had been ratified by the states and became effective his first day in office. Your question asks, "[WHO was the the 'First President of the United States?'" The Articles of the Confederation was the first document which styled the new nation as "United States" after she had won her independence and recognized internationally under self rule. Furthermore, the articles constituted a complete agreement among confederated states. It was an office so titled and this office did not hold the power of its successor "President of the United States" under article II of the Constitution of the United States which replaced the articles. The President of the United States Assembled conducted the affairs of the nation and headed the "A Committee" of nine states which Congress adjourned.

  • DrDave
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    Let's get something straight in here Forrest. This is not a game site. Your question clearly points out you are trying to make an issue. Next time, you WILL be reported. Read the rules in here before you post your stupidity in here again. Secondly, the first president of the UNITED States WAS George Washington. You might consider a reading comprehension course. Have someone read the definition of the word "United" to you.

  • 6 years ago

    George Washington

    was the first president of the United States of America

    mind there is a trick answer

    John Hanson

    was president of the Continental Congress 1781 1782

    well after the Declaration of Independence in 1776

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    Yes! It was Mr. George Washington!

    Source(s): Remember it from S.S
  • Bryce
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    John Hanson is another guy who is sometimes credited with being the "first President of the United States of America." He wasn't either. See the attached.

  • 6 years ago

    It was George Washington.

  • 6 years ago

    Yup! George Washington is the first

    Source(s): Political studies
  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    Ah im guessing you're from a different country sir. Well you're correct its George Washington? Ever think about moving to America by any chance?

  • 6 years ago

    King George.

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    Guadalupe Victoria. (When you see the words "United States," you automatically assume it means the United States of America. But there are other countries in the world called "United States" -- for example Mexico and Colombia. Guadalupe Victoria was the first president of Mexico.)

    Sorry, couldn't resist a little nit-picking!

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