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American Revolution 1763-1789 The birth of a new nation - to commence at the Proclaimation of 1763 to the end of the Articles of Confederation.

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This may have come up already in older threads, but here's the excerpt (there were eight prior to George Washington);
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The new country was actually formed on March 1, 1781 with the adoption of The Articles of Confederation.This document was actually proposed on June 11, 1776, but not agreed upon by Congress until November 15,1777.
Maryland refused to sign this document until Virginia and New York ceded their western lands (Maryland was afraid that these states would gain too much power in the new government from such large amounts of land).
Once the signing took place in 1781, a President was needed to run the country.
John Hanson was chosen unanimously by Congress (which included George Washington). In fact, all the other potential candidates refused to run against him, as he was a major player in the revolution and an extremely influential member of Congress.
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This may have come up already in older threads, but here's the excerpt (there were eight prior to George Washington);
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The new country was actually formed on March 1, 1781 with the adoption of The Articles of Confederation.This document was actually proposed on June 11, 1776, but not agreed upon by Congress until November 15,1777.
Maryland refused to sign this document until Virginia and New York ceded their western lands (Maryland was afraid that these states would gain too much power in the new government from such large amounts of land).
Once the signing took place in 1781, a President was needed to run the country.
John Hanson was chosen unanimously by Congress (which included George Washington). In fact, all the other potential candidates refused to run against him, as he was a major player in the revolution and an extremely influential member of Congress.
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http://www.constitution.org/hist/fir...Speed=noscript
And even John Hanson was not the first President of the United States he was the first President of an independent United States. The United States being the coming together of the Colonies in the Continental Congresses just precedes the War of Independence and might be said to have been the effective cause of it. The First President of the Continental Congresses was Peyton Randolph, who was elected on September 5, 1774.
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Originally Posted by G David Bock View Post
This may have come up already in older threads, but here's the excerpt (there were eight prior to George Washington);
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The new country was actually formed on March 1, 1781 with the adoption of The Articles of Confederation.This document was actually proposed on June 11, 1776, but not agreed upon by Congress until November 15,1777.
Maryland refused to sign this document until Virginia and New York ceded their western lands (Maryland was afraid that these states would gain too much power in the new government from such large amounts of land).
Once the signing took place in 1781, a President was needed to run the country.
John Hanson was chosen unanimously by Congress (which included George Washington). In fact, all the other potential candidates refused to run against him, as he was a major player in the revolution and an extremely influential member of Congress.
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Wrong. There was only one President before Washington. The President of Congress is not an Executive Position it is Legislative. John Hancock wanted to be Commander in Chief and when he was rejected he turned his office as President of Congress into, "a separate executive office" (Fereling) and thus is the only person before Washington who ruled in the Executive sense and, as such, was the person who commissioned Washington.
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