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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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?
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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.
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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."
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