Facts and Factoids

First President of the United States?

Who Was the First President of the United States?

The obvious answer is George Washington but this is incorrect.

The United States of America was actually formed on March 1, 1781 with the adoption of The Articles of Confederation by Maryland whose delegates delayed its ratification over a western border dispute with Virginia and New York. Upon the March 1 ratification the President of the Continental Congress officially became President of the United States in Congress Assembled.

To make matters even more perplexing some historians claim that John Hanson was the first President of the United States as he was the first person to serve the full one-year term (1781-82), under the ratified Articles of Confederation. This again is incorrect.

The ratification occurred during the term of Samuel Huntington who served as President from September 28, 1779 to July 6, 1781. Consequently, Samuel Huntington was the first President of the United States in Congress Assembled.

NOTE: If you were lied to about this? WHY? To make-a-god named Washington? If they lie about these details, would they have any qualms about lying about more important things?

Samuel Huntington

Signer of the Declaration of Independence

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON was born on July 3, 1731 at Windhan, Connecticut, the son of a Puritan farmer. He was a self-educated man who at age sixteen, was apprenticed to a cooper. He taught himself Latin at night and devoured every book on law he could find. At twenty-seven he was admitted to the bar, then moved to Norwich, a larger town offering more opportunity. After a year, however, he married the local minister's daughter, and set up what would eventually become a most lucrative law practice.

In 1764, Huntington was elected to the provincial assembly, and in quick succession became a justice of the peace, the king's attorney for Connecticut, and a member of the colony's council. Later he was elected President of the Second Congress.

Huntington worked hard and long for independence, however quietly. A fellow delegate wrote: "He is a man of mild, steady, and firm conduct and of sound methodical judgement, tho' not a man of many words or very shining abilities. But upon the whole is better suited to preside than any other member now in Congress."

After signing the Declaration, Huntington served in Congress for ten more years. In 1778 he also signed the Articles of Confederation. He was still president of Congress when the Articles were ratified by Maryland, the last state to agree, in 1781. Not long after that, Huntington resigned from Congress due to illness. He returned to Connecticut where he served as an associate justice of the superior court. In 1785, he became lieutenant governor of Connecticut. A year later he was elected governor and was reelected to that office for ten consecutive years.

Huntington died on January 5, 1796 at the age of sixty-four.



By R. Yates

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