Who was the first President of the United States?

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Yes, of course George Washington was the first President of the United States of America, in terms of the government as reorganized under the United States' Constitution in 1787.  But the United States did have a government before that, but after the successful resolution of the Revolution.  This government was under the Articles of Confederation, and under that structure of government the first president ("President of the Congress") was Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794), a Virginia planter who had served in the Continental Congress through the Revolution.  It was Lee who moved the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

Richard Henry Lee (and his son) should not be confused with Henry Lee ("Light Horse Harry"), a cavalry commander during the Revolution and father of Robert E. Lee, also a Virginia planter.  Nor should any of them be confused with Charles Lee, another Virginia planter and for a while general in the Continental Army during the Revolution.  Richard Henry Lee was also the first Senator appointed from Virginia under the new Constitution, of which he personally was not in favor.  He felt the tendency of the government under the Constitution would be to consolidate power so strongly to the Federal government that the individual states would become too subordinate, although he acknowledged the inadequacy of the Confederation.

Incidentally, the president of the First Continental Congress was Peyton Randolph, yet another Virginia planter.  The President of the Second Continental Congress was John Hancock.

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"As the first of every thing, in our situation will serve to establish a Precedent," he wrote James Madison, "it is devoutly wished on my part, that these precedents may be fixed on true principles."

George Washington was an 18th century gentleman. He was raised with manners and a good set of strong morals. He had a strong interest in western expansion and helped survey the Shenandoah Lands.

Washington wanted to retire but he knew that the nation was not running smoothly under the Articles of the Confederation. The Constitutional Convention was held in Philadelphia in 1787 and when the new Constitution was ratified he was elected the first President.

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The first official president of the United States of America was George Washington.  He was born in 1732 and died in 1799.  His occupation was that of a planterand a solider. In 1749, he was appointed to his first public office, surveyor of newly created Culpeper County.  From 1775 to 1783 he served as the commander of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War. "Because of his significant role in the revolution and in the formation of the United States, he is often revered by Americans as the "Father of Our Country."

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Who was the first president?

The usage of the term "President" to refer to the highest power in a government dates back to the 17th century. In the Commonwealth of England, the Lord President was the highest ranking official in the English Council of State, later known as the Protector's Privy Council. Today, the position of Lord President is always given to a member of the Parliament. The Lord President attends each meeting of the Privy Council and his or her primary role is to present business to the monarch on behalf of the Council.

In the context of the government of the United States of America, the term "President" draws from such positions like the Lord President- someone who presides over a meeting of government officials. In the United States Constitution of 1787, the term took on a new meaning as the position of the President of the United States was created. The first President of the United States, and the first elected President anywhere in the world, was George Washington.

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Who was the first president?

George Washington was the first President of the United States. He was unanimously elected by the Electoral College, which chose John Adams of Massachusetts as Vice-President. As President, Washington faced challenges unique to the first President. He had to, for instance, undertake the task of "fleshing out" the Constitution with no precedent to guide him. He had to determine how a President should act in public, a question that carried great significance in the new republic. Other challenges he faced were considerable as well. He faced a fiscal crisis stemming from the debts incurred by the nation and the states during the Revolutionary War. He had to determine the proper course of action for the nation when France (ostensibly an American ally) and Great Britain went to war in the 1790s. He faced massive resistance from Native Americans in the Ohio Valley and from angry farmers in western Pennsylvania. He handled these challenges in a number of different ways, adding his considerable reputation to the power and prestige of the presidency and the federal government. Most historians rank Washington among the most effective of all American presidents.

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Who was the first President of the United States?  

The first President of the United States after the Constitution was ratified was George Washington. The Constitution required an election every four years to fill the office of the President and of the Vice President. At that time, there were no limits on the how many terms a president could serve. All presidents, except one, have followed President Washington’s decision to serve only two terms. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the only President to serve more than two terms. He was President during the Great Depression and during World War II. With the passage of the 22nd amendment, a president is now limited to two terms.

In the election of 1788, our people wanted George Washington to run and to be elected as President. The real race was who the Vice President would be. John Adam served as our Vice President during the two terms George Washington was President.

George Washington was our first President to be elected under the Constitution.

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Who was the first president of the United States?

The first president of the United States was George Washington. Washington was an extremely popular figure because of his character, reputation, and service in the American Revolutionary War. 

In the election of 1788, he was the unanimous first choice of all the members of the Electoral College. Since the country did not have political parties like we have today, there was no nominating process like we see in modern presidential elections. However, there were two general sides—the Federalist side and the Anti-Federalist side. Washington's sympathy was with the Federalist side, and over ninety percent of the electors selected via the popular vote were also Federalists.

Washington was elected again in 1792. Once again, he was the unanimous first choice of all the members of the Electoral College. By this time, the two major parties of the early American republic, the Federalist Party and the Democratic-Republican Party, had started to take form. However, there was still no party nominating process like we know today, and historians consider both sides to have "nominated" Washington for president. The Federalists, whose electors once again received over 90% of the popular vote, backed John Adams for vice-president. The Democratic-Republican electors backed New York's governor, George Clinton.

Washington refused to seek a third term. In his Farewell Address, he urged Americans not to be seduced by the factionalism of political parties. It was a warning his fellow citizens did not heed.

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Who was the first president of the United States?

George Washington was the first president of the United States. Revered as the general who won the Revolutionary War, Washington was a unifying force in the early days of the new republic.

When the young country struggled in its attempts to achieve unity, leaders realized they had to amend the Articles of Confederation in order to have a stronger central government. The country called for a Constitutional Convention and replaced these articles with the Constitution that we still have today. Washington's support was critical in ensuring acceptance of the Constitution, a document that many men, such as Patrick Henry and Sam Adams, opposed for vesting too much power in a central government. After the Constitution was ratified, the electoral college unanimously named George Washington the first president. Since his time, the U.S. has elected other generals to be president, such as Ulysses Grant and Dwight Eisenhower. 

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Who was the first president of the United States?

The first president of the United States was George Washington. He was unanimously chosen by the Electoral College in the election of 1788, the only president to achieve such a distinction. His Vice President was John Adams, who finished second in the voting (in those days, each elector cast two votes, and the candidate who received the second-highest total became Vice President--every elector voted for Washington). While President, Washington faced a number of challenges. He had to set a precedent for presidential power and behavior. He had to supervise a plan laid out by Alexander Hamilton to deal with the nation's fiscal crisis. He had to figure out the correct response to the outbreak of the French Revolution and the resulting French war with England. He faced challenges from Native peoples in the Ohio Valley (which resulted in open war) and the Southwest. And he had to deal with the development of political factions, or parties, as a result of differences on how to deal with these issues. Most historians credit Washington with handling these crises and challenges with diplomacy and restraint, but many of the issues persisted after his presidency. 

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Who was the first president of the United States?

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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George Washington was the first president elected under the US Constitution in 1789, but some don't regard him as the first overall. They give that honor instead to John Hanson, who was the first president to be elected under the Constitution's predecessor, the Articles of Confederation, in 1781.

John Hanson had none of the power of later presidents, however, and most see his role as merely ceremonial. For the most part, all he did was sign documents and preside over debates. A lot of what was achieved during his one year in charge, such as the introduction of the Treasury Department and introduction of the Secretary of State, seems to be attributed to Congress as a whole rather than anything he did personally.

When Washington came to power, article two of the Constitution, like for every President that came after him, gave him full executive power. For the first time in its history, the United States of America had an official head of state. So in that regard, Washington has to be seen as the first American president.

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