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Who was president during the Articles of Confederation?

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February 09, 2012 11:51PM

There was no executive under the Articles, although there was a

president (presiding officer) of the Congress, both before and

after March 1, 1781 when the Articles were ratified.

John Hanson (1715-1783) was the first president elected under

Articles of Confederation. He took office on November 5, 1781 at

age 66 and served a one-year term. There were 7 other presidents

who served between 1782 and 1788, prior to the ratification of the


Samuel Huntington and Thomas McKean were both heads of Congress

under the Articles. Huntington began his term in 1778, but left due

to illness and McKean completed his term from July to November


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