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    Following the signing of the Articles of Confederation, the President of the Continental Congress served as de facto heads of state, ceremonial figureheads of a weak confederal administration. Thus, while Washington was the first President of a unified USA, the following men could be considered legitimate predecessors:

    1. John Hansen 1781-2
    2. Elias Boudinot 1782-3
    3. Thomas Mifflin 1783-4
    4. Richard Henry Lee 1784-5
    5. John Hancock 1785-6
    6. Nathaniel Gorham 1786-7
    7. Arthur St. Clair 1787-8
    8. Cyrus Griffin 1788-9

    Following this, the US Constitution instituted a federal arrangement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FloatingVoterTralee View Post
    Following the signing of the Articles of Confederation, the President of the Continental Congress served as de facto heads of state, ceremonial figureheads of a weak confederal administration. Thus, while Washington was the first President of a unified USA, the following men could be considered legitimate predecessors:

    1. John Hansen 1781-2
    2. Elias Boudinot 1782-3
    3. Thomas Mifflin 1783-4
    4. Richard Henry Lee 1784-5
    5. John Hancock 1785-6
    6. Nathaniel Gorham 1786-7
    7. Arthur St. Clair 1787-8
    8. Cyrus Griffin 1788-9

    Following this, the US Constitution instituted a federal arrangement.
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    Name State/colony Age Term start Term end Length in days Previous Experience
    Peyton Randolph Virginia 53 September 5, 1774 October 22, 1774 47 Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses
    Henry Middleton South Carolina 57 October 22, 1774 October 26, 1774 4 Speaker, S.C. Commons House of Assembly
    Peyton Randolph Virginia 54 May 10, 1775 May 24, 1775 379 Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses
    John Hancock Massachusetts 38 May 24, 1775 October 29, 1777 889 President, Massachusetts Provincial Congress
    Henry Laurens South Carolina 53 November 1, 1777 December 9, 1778 403 President, S.C. Provincial Congress, Vice President, S.C.
    John Jay New York 32 December 10, 1778 September 28, 1779 292 Chief Justice New York Supreme Court
    Samuel Huntington Connecticut 48 September 28, 1779 July 10, 1781 651 Associate Judge, Conn. Superior Court
    Thomas McKean Delaware 47 July 10, 1781 November 5, 1781 118 Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
    John Hanson Maryland 66 November 5, 1781 November 4, 1782 364 Maryland House of Delegates
    Elias Boudinot New Jersey 42 November 4, 1782 November 3, 1783 364 Commissary of Prisoners for the Continental Army
    Thomas Mifflin Pennsylvania 39 November 3, 1783 June 3, 1784 213 Quartermaster General of Continental Army, Board of War
    Richard Henry Lee Virginia 52 November 30, 1784 November 4, 1785 339 Va. House of Burgesses
    John Hancock Massachusetts 48 November 23, 1785 June 5, 1786 194 Governor of Massachusetts
    Nathaniel Gorham Massachusetts 48 June 6, 1786 November 3, 1786 150 Board of War
    Arthur St. Clair Pennsylvania 52 February 2, 1787 November 4, 1787 275 Major General, Continental Army
    Cyrus Griffin Virginia 39 January 22, 1788 November 15, 1788 298 Judge, Virginia Court of Appeals

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    Quote Originally Posted by Outlander View Post
    And?
    Well, they've been effectively airbrushed out of US history, so it was worth highlighting their contribution to the USA's formation.
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