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 Post subject: First US president
PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:46 pm 
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Are Continental Congress presidents considered Presidents of this country or just presidents of the Continental Congress? Or is the first President of the Confederation our first President?

MG D. Groce
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General Groce <salute>

Sir, my compliments! Unless history has been rewritten, George Washington was the first president of the United States.

From my brief reading the President of the Congress had its first member in 1774, with the last resigning in 1788. The position had little authority and preceded the government of the United States as outlined in the Constitution, ratified in 1788. The Constitution, by my understanding, holds that government is separated into three equal entities: Executive, Judicial, and Legislative.

The Continental Congress served its purpose during the struggle for independence and the following period, however was not the first presidency.

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The Presidents of the United States in Congress Assembled, are not counted as Presidents of the United States. The reasoning quite simply is that the position, as laid out by the Articles, was not that of Chief Executive. The US under the Articles had No Chief Executive, as many were afraid to consolidate any kind of power into one persons hands, fearing a repeat of their struggle under colonialism. The President of Congress' main job was that of presiding officer, and Impartial Moderator. In actuality the President of Congress had LESS power then the Speakers of the various Lower Houses of the Continental Assemblies. He also handled official correspondence but he could not answer letters or anything unless Congress Specifically ordered him to.

so basically the President of the United States in Congress Assembled was little more then a Ceremonial Position, with essentially no real Authority. So the 16 Men who all served in that position, dating back to the 1st Continental Congress are not recognized as Presidents. Though many of them attained fame through that office.

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