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The first president of USA was George Washington although some still argue that John Hanson was the first president but Hanson’s role wasn’t really that of executive president, he was president of the congress under the confederation congress and his position was more like a ceremonial position.
The kind of presidential position Hanson held had a one year tenure (he served from 1781 to 1782) and his roles were mainly to deal with correspondence and sign official documents. Even at that, he still managed to make the American revolution a success.
So one can actually argue that John Hanson was the first president (ceremonial) but George Washington was the first officially elected president of USA.
George Washington was in office from April 30, 1789 to March 4, 1797. He was born on February 22, 1732 in Popes Creek, Virginia, British America.
He was a military leader who fought for the independence of America. He served in various positions till he became a president.
Some of the positions he served in were:
- As a Member of the Virginia House of Burgesses from July 24, 1758 to June 24, 1775.
Delegate from Virginia to the Continental Congress from September 5, 1774 to June 16, 1775
- Commander in Chief of the Continental Army from June 19, 1775 to December 23, 1783.
14th Chancellor of the College of William & Mary from April 30, 1788 to December 14, 1799.
- Senior Officer of the United States Army under John Adams from July 13, 1798 to December 14, 1799.
George Washington was the one who presided at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, the convention that established established the U.S. Constitution and a federal government. He was called the father of USA owing to his contribution in the formation and administration in the early years of the country’s existence.
He was married to Martha Dandridge (a widow with two kids) , and took her kids as his.
He died at the age of 67; on December 14, 1799 in Mount Vernon, Virginia, U.S.