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Pre-Washington American heads of state


FloatingVoterTralee

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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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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.
Full list
NameState/colonyAgeTerm startTerm endLength in daysPrevious Experience
Peyton RandolphVirginia53September 5, 1774October 22, 177447Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses
Henry MiddletonSouth Carolina57October 22, 1774October 26, 17744Speaker, S.C. Commons House of Assembly
Peyton RandolphVirginia54May 10, 1775May 24, 1775379Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses
John HancockMassachusetts38May 24, 1775October 29, 1777889President, Massachusetts Provincial Congress
Henry LaurensSouth Carolina53November 1, 1777December 9, 1778403President, S.C. Provincial Congress, Vice President, S.C.
John JayNew York32December 10, 1778September 28, 1779292Chief Justice New York Supreme Court
Samuel HuntingtonConnecticut48September 28, 1779July 10, 1781651Associate Judge, Conn. Superior Court
Thomas McKeanDelaware47July 10, 1781November 5, 1781118Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
John HansonMaryland66November 5, 1781November 4, 1782364Maryland House of Delegates
Elias BoudinotNew Jersey42November 4, 1782November 3, 1783364Commissary of Prisoners for the Continental Army
Thomas MifflinPennsylvania39November 3, 1783June 3, 1784213Quartermaster General of Continental Army, Board of War
Richard Henry LeeVirginia52November 30, 1784November 4, 1785339Va. House of Burgesses
John HancockMassachusetts48November 23, 1785June 5, 1786194Governor of Massachusetts
Nathaniel GorhamMassachusetts48June 6, 1786November 3, 1786150Board of War
Arthur St. ClairPennsylvania52February 2, 1787November 4, 1787275Major General, Continental Army
Cyrus GriffinVirginia39January 22, 1788November 15, 1788298Judge, Virginia Court of Appeals
 
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