Washington? Get in Line. I just noticed a recent issue of US News & World Report has an article that deals with the question of whether of not Washington was the first President of the United States of America. As this question has been dealt with in this blog numerous times, I will not rehash it but instead will merely point this article out.
From the site:
He is the most heralded, perhaps most mythologized, figure in American history--revolutionary hero, inventive farmer, gifted statesman. But there's one thing George Washington may not have been: the first president of the United States.
"There's a lot of controversy over if he was really the first president," says Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University. "It turns out a lot of [accepted history] may be wrong." If that's the case, Washington's rank in the presidential pantheon would not be No.1, but a less-than-symbolic No. 11.