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HOW MANY PRESIDENTS WERE THERE BEFORE GEORGE WASHINGTON?
03 December 2004 | concretebob

Posted on 12/03/2004 6:44:20 PM PST by concretebob

My son asked me a trivia question. Any comments?


TOPICS: Government; History; Politics; Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: articles; confederation; congress; george; history; washington
He says the answer is 7.
1 posted on 12/03/2004 6:44:20 PM PST by concretebob
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To: MeekOneGOP; Lady Jag; ancient_geezer; sweetliberty; thinkinggal; Iowa Granny; FairOpinion

PING


2 posted on 12/03/2004 6:45:24 PM PST by concretebob (Power perceived, is power achieved)
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To: Thinkin' Gal

PING..Spelled your handle wrong..My apologies


3 posted on 12/03/2004 6:46:21 PM PST by concretebob (Power perceived, is power achieved)
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To: concretebob

John Hanson was the first.


4 posted on 12/03/2004 6:47:20 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (Swedish-American.)
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To: concretebob

Who were they??


5 posted on 12/03/2004 6:48:05 PM PST by n.y.muggs
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To: concretebob
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6 posted on 12/03/2004 6:48:23 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP! )
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To: n.y.muggs

Have no idea...He wants names


7 posted on 12/03/2004 6:50:20 PM PST by concretebob (Power perceived, is power achieved)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Six other presidents were elected after him - Elias Boudinot (1783), Thomas Mifflin (1784), Richard Henry Lee (1785), Nathan Gorman (1786), Arthur St. Clair (1787), and Cyrus Griffin (1788) - all prior to Washington taking office


googled !


8 posted on 12/03/2004 6:50:38 PM PST by bonfire
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To: MeekOneGOP
Where else am I to go with stuff like this? The combined knowledge and level of intelligence on FreeRepublic staggers the imagination. If we can't find out, all is lost.
;)
9 posted on 12/03/2004 6:51:58 PM PST by concretebob (Power perceived, is power achieved)
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To: concretebob
The question relies on the fallacy of equivocation.

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

However, the current office of President of the United States is not the same office held by the men listed on that page.

And even if we accept the false premise that the offices are the same, the number is not seven.

10 posted on 12/03/2004 6:52:03 PM PST by ScottFromSpokane (We're none of us prefect.)
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To: concretebob

I'd always heard Hanson was 1st, but here's the list I found:

Samuel Huntington, 1st President of the United States in Congress Assembled, March 1, 1781 to July 6, 1781

Thomas McKean, 2nd President of the United States in Congress Assembled July 10, 1781 to November 5, 1781

John Hanson, 3rd President of the United States in Congress Assembled, November 5, 1781 to November 4, 1782

Elias Boudinot, 4th President of the United States in Congress Assembled, November 4, 1782 to November 3, 1783

Thomas Mifflin, 5th President of the United States in Congress Assembled, November 3, 1783 to June 3, 1784

Richard Henry Lee, 6th President of the United States in Congress Assembled, November 30, 1784 to November 23, 1785

John Hancock, 7th President of the United States in Congress Assembled, November 23, 1785 to June 6, 1786

Nathaniel Gorham, 8th President of the United States in Congress Assembled, June 1786 - November 13, 1786

Arthur St. Clair, 9th President of the United States in Congress Assembled, February 2, 1787 to October 29, 1787

Cyrus Griffin, 10th President of the United States in Congress Assembled, January 22, 1788 to March 4, 1789


11 posted on 12/03/2004 6:52:43 PM PST by Sloth (Al Franken is a racist.)
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To: concretebob
There were 8,

John Hanson, Elias Boudinot, Thomas Mifflin, Richard Henry Lee, John Hancock, Nathaniel Gorham Arthur St. Clair, Cyrus Griffin

12 posted on 12/03/2004 6:52:52 PM PST by xcamel (W2: Four more years of Tax Cuts and Dead Terrorists)
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To: concretebob
Here's what Snopes has to say...
13 posted on 12/03/2004 6:53:35 PM PST by bikepacker67 ("This is the best election night in history." -- DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe 11/2/04 8pm)
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To: All
Thanks everyone. I knew I could count on ya'll.
And I just recruited a new member. My son'e father-in-law is who asked the question.
After explaining how I got the answer so fast, he was suitably impressed. As was I.
I could have googled, but hey, ya'll are just waiting to share your wealth of knowledge with the less informed.
14 posted on 12/03/2004 7:05:46 PM PST by concretebob (Power perceived, is power achieved)
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To: Admin Moderator

OK you can pull this now, please.


15 posted on 12/03/2004 7:09:02 PM PST by concretebob (Power perceived, is power achieved)
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To: concretebob; MeekOneGOP; ancient_geezer; sweetliberty; thinkinggal; Iowa Granny; FairOpinion
There weren't any presidents before Washington. The first to lead the USA, he was given the choice of how he wanted to manage it and what he wanted for a title. "King" was strongly suggested. He had reasons (that I forget) to prefer "president".

If you remember he could have been king, you never fall for this again.

16 posted on 12/03/2004 7:33:51 PM PST by Lady Jag (All I want is a warm bed and a kind word and unlimited power)
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To: Sloth

Your list is actually more complete. Interestingly, Arthur St. Clair (1787), has a park and a cemetary (where he is buried) named after him here in Greensburg, PA, a town which was named for General Nathaniel Greene.


17 posted on 12/03/2004 8:32:15 PM PST by Vigilanteman (crime would drop like a sprung trapdoor if we brought back good old-fashioned hangings)
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To: concretebob

(history major)
although all of their names are very hard to find there were eleven presidents before George Washington. They were actually part of the "confederacy of america". congress was the "leader" but they really had no control over their states. they could pass laws but could not enforce them. What we call the presidents were just the PRESIDING member of congress which is where we get the word president. So, after eleven unsuccessful years we scrapped the system and created the same system we use today. Helpful?


18 posted on 12/08/2004 5:01:24 PM PST by bnburns (Actually...)
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To: bnburns

in fact many wanted one to be president for life. and to be called "your highness" or "your excellency".


19 posted on 12/08/2004 5:12:07 PM PST by bnburns (Actually...)
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To: bnburns

I guess for george bush he really could be called "your HIGHness". LOL


20 posted on 12/08/2004 5:13:05 PM PST by bnburns (Actually...)
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To: bnburns

I knew it had to do with the Articles of Confederation, and the Continental Congress. Like President Pro Tem of the Senate. Same premise.


21 posted on 12/08/2004 5:33:13 PM PST by concretebob (Power perceived, is power achieved)
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