Monday, April 04, 2005

Presidents of the United Colonies and United States of America

Presidents of the United Colonies and United States of America. Argues that ten men held the office of U.S. President prior to the inauguration of George Washington in 1789. I am skeptical on this point. Clearly, there is a historical case that some men held the title of "President of the United States" prior to Washington. However, the presidency was a very different office under the Articles of Confederation and I don't think we can really consider these man as president in the same sense we mean today.

From the site:

Clearly these points make a "stars and stripes" case that George Washington, who was the 1st President of the United States under the Constitution of 1787, was not the 1st President of the United States. The Articles of Confederation clearly created the Perpetual Union of the United States and established an office – President of the United States in Congress Assembled. Although many of us believe that George Washington is actually the 11th US President and George W. Bush the 53rd we realize this re-numeration is simply avoidable with an actual, rather then implied, footnote “under the US Constitution of 1787”. We do believe, however, these Forgotten Presidents should gain the same annual recognition as the successors by amending the Presidential Wreath Laying Order. To help us honor these Forgotten Presidents please take a moment and review the bi-partisan Presidential Request, led by Rep. Congressman Rob Simmons (R), US Senator Christopher Dodd (D), and supported by institutions like the James Monroe Memorial Foundation, Norwich Historical Society, and James Madison’s Montpelier, to have the US Military lay an wreath of thanks, each year, at their gravesites on the anniversary of their birth.

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