The Forgotten Founders

Presidents of the United States of America

Samuel Huntington (CT)*
1st President of the United States
in Congress Assembled
March 1, 1781 to July 6, 1781

Thomas McKean (DE)
2nd President of the United States
in Congress Assembled
July 10, 1781 to November 5, 1781

John Hanson (MD)
3rd President of the United States
in Congress Assembled
November 5, 1781 to November 4, 1782

Elias Boudinot (NJ)
4th President of the United States
in Congress Assembled
November 4, 1782 to November 3, 1783

Thomas Mifflin (PA)
5th President of the United States
in Congress Assembled
November 3, 1783 to June 3, 1784

Richard Henry Lee (VA)
6th President of the United States
in Congress Assembled
November 30, 1784 to June 3, 1785

John Hancock (MA)*
7th President of the United States
in Congress Assembled
November 23, 1785 to June 6, 1786

Nathaniel Gorham (MA)
8th President of the United States
in Congress Assembled
June 1786 – November 13, 1786

Arthur St. Clair (PA)
9th President of the United States
in Congress Assembled
February 2, 1787 to October 29, 1787

Cyrus Griffin (VA)
10th President of the United States
in Congress Assembled
January 22, 1788 to March 4, 1789

Presidents of the Continental Congress

Peyton Randolph (VA)
September 5, 1774 to October 22, 1774
and May 20 to May 24, 1775

Henry Middleton (SC)
October 22, 1774 to October 29, 1774

John Hancock (MA)*
October 27, 1775 to October 29, 1777

Henry Laurens (SC)
November 1, 1777 to December 9, 1778

John Jay (NY)
December 10, 1778 to September 28, 1779

Samuel Huntington (CT)*
September 28, 1779 to February 28 1781

*Both President of the United States of America in Congress assembled and President of the Continental Congress

Presidents of the Continental Congress of the United Colonies of America

This extra legal body of representatives from 13 colonies was officially found on Sept. 5 1774 in Philadelphia in response to King George III and House of Commons passing Intolerable Acts (Coercive Acts).

The 1774-76 leaders of the continental legislature of the Thirteen Colonies were:

Peyton Randolph
September 5, 1774 to October 22, 1774
and May, 20 to May 24, 1775

Henry Middleton
October 22, 1774 to October 26, 1774

John Hancock
October 27, 1775 to July 1, 1776

Second Continental Congress of the United States of America

The Presidents who served under the “Declaration of Independence’s Confederation Congress” during this difficult period of American History and ratification consideration were:

John Hancock
July 2, 1776 to October 29, 1777

Henry Laurens
November 1, 1777 to December 9, 1778

John Jay
December 10, 1778 to September 28, 1779

Samuel Huntington
September 28, 1779 to February 28, 1781

Presidents of the United States in Congress Assembled Delegates to Second Continental Congress met May 10, 1775 and passed a new constitution – The Articles of Confederation on Nov. 15, 1777; the requirement that all 13 states ratify this document delayed passage until March 1, 1781.

Presidents of the United States in Congress Assembled

Samuel Huntington
1st President of the United States in Congress Assembled
March 1, 1781 to July 6, 1781

Thomas McKean
2nd President of the United States in Congress Assembled
July 10, 1781 to November 5, 1781

John Hanson
3rd President of the United States in Congress Assembled
November 5, 1781 to November 4, 1782

Elias Boudinot
4th President of the United States in Congress Assembled
November 4, 1782 to November 3, 1783

Thomas Mifflin
5th President of the United States of Congress Assembled
November 3, 1783 to June 3, 1784

Richard Henry Lee
6th President of the United States in Congress Assembled
November 30, 1784 to November 23, 1785

John Hancock
7th President of the United States in Congress Assembled
November 23, 1785 to June 6, 1786

Nathaniel Gorham
8th President of the United States in Congress Assembled
June 1786 – November 13, 1786

Arthur St. Clair
9th President of the United States in Congress Assembled
February 2 1787 to October 29, 1787

Cyrus Griffin
10th President of the United States in Congress Assembled
January 22, 1788 to March 4, 1789

George Washington
11th President of the United States
US Constitution
1789 to 1797