Who was the first president of the United States?

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The first elected president of the United States once the Constitution went into effect was George Washington. George Washington was a beloved figure. He was a great military leader who guided us to an unexpected victory over Great Britain. Those same leadership skills would be needed to lead the country. Washington had the temperament to be president. He would do what was best for the country. He was not fazed by the power and the fame that came with this job. Washington would be sure that other countries wouldn’t push us around. He also avoided partisan politics.

It should be noted that under the Articles of Confederation, which was our first plan of government, we did have a president. His name was John Hanson. Thus, if your teacher is asking about the first president after we became independent from Great Britain, it would be John Hanson. If your teacher is referring to the first president once the Constitution went into effect, it would be George Washington.

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