Skip to comments.The Forgotten Presidents (The presidents before George Washington)
Posted on 12/03/2001 7:42:54 AM PST by Luis Gonzalez
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Don't mention it.
Don't mention it.
If you haven't read it yet..... I highly recommend 'John Adams' for fascinating details about the 'Birth' of our beloved country.
Well, I can sure tell you about one Scot after Culloden, Hugh Mercer.
A physician by training, he ministered to the wounded at the Battle of Culloden and then fled after the defeat. The Brits (as you undoubtedly know) went after anyone associated with the battle, and, as things got hot for young Hugh, he emigrated to the US and settled on the frontier in Pennsylvania.
He was a physician and Indian fighter, and accompanied George Washington, Dan Morgan, Daniel Boone, Horatio Gates and others with Gen. Braddock going down to defeat at Braddock's Massacre during the French and Indian War.
He loved fighting, and after the war when the PA legislature disbanded the militia (the Quaker State, remember) he moved to Fredericksburg, VA (George Washington's hometown) and was a physician and apothecary there(you can visit a reproduction of his shop today in F-burg).
With the coming of the RevWar, he was put in charge of the "Flying Battalion" (a sort of as-needed army) and was with Washington crossing the Delaware and at Trenton. He died a hero's death at the Battle of Princeton, refusing to surrender to five British soldiers who bayonetted him. You can stand in the room at the Clark Farm House on the battlefield grounds in which Brig. General Hugh Mercer died. All of the Mercer Counties in the US are named for him.
After General Washington, General Mercer is my most beloved RevWar soldier.
Sooooo...I suppose I should start calling X42...X59? (although X69 would have sounded more appropriate, but I digress) ;-)
or would that be groin?
I'll drink to that!
it must be the irish in me....
Fascinating stuff about fascinating folks.
And, if you or any other Freepers ever get to Trenton, make sure you visit the Old Barracks in the downtown area. Fascinating for anyone with an historical interest in the greatest country to ever be.
Ah, a toast to you, Luis, I've a wee bit 'o Irish in me as well, along with some cantankerous Scot and few German "founding fathers." All did their share of toasting. The most I know of one of my gggrandfathers is that he visited his favorite saloon in PA. every night after work, only to be fetched home by one of his six daughters at dinnertime. He'd ignore the traffic, claiming he was here before the automobiles, made lime water in the basement and loved to sing....loudly, and in public. The cousins remember a loud, friendly place spilling with kids and happy conversation and plenty of homemade food.
Bless you, Luis, for passing the traditions of your family down to your own children. (^:
These Patriots set an example that many Americans seem to not know or care about re: the price of FReedom and Liberty.
You may also want to call DAR in Washington, DC and find out if they carry a new hard-back edition, too. The phone # for DAR in DC is 202-something, something, something-1776. In the alternate, the numbers for all the DAR "State" houses end in -1776. Check with the website and there may be an on-line book store with the item ye seek.
Cool screen-name, btw.
Someone did run the government between 1781 and 1789...The Congress. If anything, these so called "Presidents" were merely a figurehead. They had no power. Which is one reason why we decided to abandon the Articles of Confederation. Hence, Washington really is the 1st President of the United States (unless we count the others based simply on what they were called).
The British surrendered in 1781. Washington was inaugurated in 1789.
Someone had to run things in between.
Five years, one month and seventeen days. I do think you have achieved a new record in resurrecting a dead thread.
How the heck did you find it may I ask?
omg thanx soo much for your page!!!
im a high school student here in the Bronx, and i currently got inot an argument w/ my ENGLISH TEACHER!! dumb female didnt know her own countries history.So thanks to YOUr page ill be able to prove her wrong w/ hard written facts.
THANK YOU SO MUCH...*~LD~*
Read the Articles of Confederation, then the Articles of Confederation for the Confederated States of America, then compare them to the massive European Union Constitution.
Although, they were not the Presidents of our country, I don’t think they have been forgotten. They were Presidents of the Continental Congress.
The first and third president, Peyton Randolph was married to Elizabeth Harrison, sister of Governor Benjamin Harrison (1726-1791) who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and father of our 9th President, who was only in office for one month. He also had another cousin named Peyton who was married to the sister of President Harrison.
He was also a first cousin of President Thomas Jefferson and his nephew Edmund Randolph was our first Attorney General.
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Thanks Luis Gonzalez.
The presidents before George Washington were technically presidents of Congress under the Articles of Confederation, and not Presidents of the United States. My wife is a descendant of Thomas McKean, the second president of Congress under the AoC, and perhaps the most corrupt politician in U.S. history (ignore the whitewash).
When Andrew Jackson was in office, the newspapers accused him of being the most corrupt politician "since Thomas McKean."