Presidents Before Washington

4/27/16 George Washington was not the first President of our country. I was going to write ‘not the first President of the United States’ but that isn’t accurate. We had other presidential positions before we came to consider ourselves The United States of America.

From 1774 to 1781 the highest authority was the Continental Congress of the United Colonies. Although the chairman the “president,” his job had little real power and was similar to what we think of today as the Speaker of the House.

From 1781 to 1789 the US was operating under The Articles of Confederation (an entirely new topic I know nothing about and some history teachers somewhere should be embarrassed when I say that) which called for a President who apparently was mostly ceremonial and signed documents on behalf of the Congress as a whole.

It is only after that when we have the Constitution and the first President of the the United States of America.

Looked it up after hearing Prince mention it in an old interview.

Sources: Several different websites had information, but I thought this was the most concise http://www.jjmccullough.com/earlypresidents.htm

 

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