The First Presidents

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“The Presidents of the Continental Congress and the United States in Congress Assembled who preceded the President of the United States of America”

Because of the limited role of the office, the presidents of Congress are among the lesser known leaders of the American Revolution.

The president of the Continental Congress (Inclusive of the First, Second and Confederation Congresses) was the presiding officer of the Continental Congress, the convention of delegates that emerged as the first national government of the United States during the American Revolution.

The president was a member of Congress elected by the other delegates to serve as an impartial moderator during meetings of Congress.

George Washington acknowledged the importance of the position in a letter stating that: “I congratulate your Excellency on your appointment to fill the most important seat in the United States.”

The first president of Congress was Peyton Randolph, who was elected on…

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