Who was president during the Articles of Confederation?
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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