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14 Presidents of the United States Before George Washington

If the United States Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776 and the Constitution in 1789, and if George Washington was not inaugurated until April 30, 1789, who were the presidents for those first thirteen years?

The truth is, the United States had 14 presidents who ran the country through the first government, the Continental Congress, which started in 1774.

Below are the first 14 presidents of the United States.

Peyton Randolph

1. Peyton Randolph (Sept. 5, 1774 – Oct. 22, 1774), (May 10, 1775 – May 24, 1775)When delegates voted in Philadelphia for the first Continental Congress, they elected Peyton Randolph as the first president of the territory known as the United States. Randolph was a planter and public official from the colony of Virginia. He also served as speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses and chairman of the Virginia Conventions.

Henry Middleton

2. Henry Middleton (October 1774)The second president of the United States was one of the wealthiest planters in the South from one of the most powerful families in the nation. Henry Middleton was also a plantation owner and public official from South Carolina.  He served as president for a few days in 1774.

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19 thoughts on “14 Presidents of the United States Before George Washington

  1. Rodney Wood says:

    And they all look like a bunch of wig wearing fags….! Just like all those in the republican party.

  2. Clear Truths says:

    All slave owners and oppressors The United States Was Built On The Back Of Slave Labor.

  3. Chawl Shepard says:

    Because of the endemic head lice and other creepy crawly things, many people would get a buzz cut and wear a wig. Over time, the elaborate wigs became an expensive status symbol.

  4. Kris Shaffer says:

    False. This is a misleading article. John Hanson couldn't possibly have been the "first president of the United States," because neither the office of President of the United States nor the nation known as the United States of America was created until after he was dead.

  5. Tee Bailey says:

    Umm… John Hanson was black….. He's on the back of the $2.00 bill….. or did people not learn this one? *shrugs*

    8. John Hanson (Nov. 5, 1781 – Nov. 3, 1782)
    John Hanson was a merchant and public official from Maryland during the era of the American Revolution. After serving in a variety of roles for the patriot cause in Maryland, in 1779, Hanson was elected president and became the first official to serve a one-year term under the provisions of the Articles of Confederation.

  6. There were 2 John Hanson's the president John Hanson was white… pls check out this video:

  7. For those arguing that the Presidents of Congress had no power look at all John Hanson did who served one year under the terms of the Articles of Confederation in 1777,

    "he was able to remove all foreign troops from American lands, as well as their flags. He also introduced the Treasury Department, the first Secretary of War, and the first Foreign Affairs Department. He led the flight to guarantee the statehood of the Western Territories beyond the Appalachian Mountains that had been controlled by some of the original thirteen colonies. What's probably most interesting is that Hanson is also responsible for establishing Thanksgiving Day as the fourth Thursday in November."

    So to say The Presidents of the Continental Congress were just moderators, I think not!

  8. It is despicable and should be worthy of death for people to post such lying crap. The gray wig status exists in England (even for India), it is the idea that if you are appointed as an elder that all elders should be made equal by being given gray or white hair.

  9. Leave it to a negger like Rodney to be making fag cracks, most of his kind are on CL posting their dick pics in the Personal Ads so we normal people cant place any ads in proper intent of meeting people. You don't see Obama preventing this criminal act of injustice.

  10. Chawl Shepard says:

    Your questioning my post was well worded and showed great thought went into the diction (sic). A slightly more detailed answer follows. It is over simplified and I lowered the reading level to 7th grade to make it easier to follow. I am a retired history teacher, but I did review my concepts before posting.

    Prior to the 1600s people shaved their heads to control head lice. In Britain, some wore wigs to cover, most wore hats or scarves. From the restoration of Charles II in 1660 (he reintroduced the fashion from France) until about the 1770s wigs were more common. The wigs had become more of a status symbol. The more elaborate the wig, the more expensive showing status. However, by the 1780s wigs began falling out of favor as status symbols. Powdered wigs were the fashion for a while, but a tax in 1795 was put on the powder. People switched to using flour for a short time, but that was messy. The practice of wearing wigs in court continued, and is still practiced in British courts. The tradition was the longer wig and robs hid the clothing and hair of the judge and lawyers (barristers) to separate their persons and make them look impartial before the law.

    If you wish more details, do a Goggle search. As I said, I am retired. Be Blessed!

  11. Is there a way I can get this list in a PDF?

  12. Ray Heem says:

    why does john hanson look white . he was black and the first president of the united states… wtf man

  13. Paul Ahrens says:

    There are no black people on the back of the $2 bill. Look up the original picture in color…no black people. Remember, they were slaves back then?

  14. Umm these men were presidents before the Dec of Ind, Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

  15. Coming from a guy who wears a matching shirt and hat, I'm sure you can spot a fag a mile away. Nice job

  16. My God there are a lot of ignorant people here.

    John Hanson, US President – White.

    The other John Hanson, the one that worked to resettle slaves to Liberia – Black.

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