US Presidents
US Army
US Navy

Which president was the first commander in chief of the US army and navy?

User Avatar
Wiki User
2012-09-22 16:27:46

George Washington was the first president to command the army,

but there was no operational US Navy during his presidency. The US

Navy was established in 1794, but had no ships until the first

frigate "United States" was completed in 1797, when John Adams had

become President.

The Constitution specifies that the President is the

Commander-in-Chief of the military. The first US President (George

Washington) was thus the first Commander-in-chief of whatever

military forces were in place at the time.

Copyright © 2020 Multiply Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved. The material on this site can not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with prior written permission of Multiply.