March 1, 1781 The new United States was actually formed with the adoption of the Articles of Confederation. Although the document was agreed upon by Congress on Nov. 15, 1777, but was not signed until Maryland agreed to it on this date. Upon the signing, John Hanson (the first man to serve a full term in this position) is considered to be the first President, from 11/5/1781 to 11/3/1782 A popular urban legend or bar bet suggests that Hanson was the "first President" of the United States. The origin of the claim that Hanson is the "forgotten" first President stems from a 1932 book by Seymour Wemyss Smith titled "John Hanson - Our First President." Nevertheless, officially Hanson was the third presiding officer of the Congress of the United States, and he considered himself a successor to the first two men to hold the office, Samuel Huntington and Thomas McKean, who themselves were successors to prior Presidents of the Second Continental Congress. Nor was the office an executive position like the office of President that was created under the Constitution. Hanson was, however, the first to serve a full one-year term, and the first to formally use the title President of the United States in Congress Assembled. The following men served as President of the United States in Congress Assembled: Samuel Huntington (March 1, 17812 July 9, 1781) Thomas McKean (July 10, 1781 November 4, 1781)3 John Hanson (November 5, 1781 November 3, 1782) Elias Boudinot (November 4, 1782 November 2, 1783) Thomas Mifflin (November 3, 1783 October 31, 1784) Richard Henry Lee (November 30, 1784 November 6, 1785) John Hancock (November 23, 1785 May 29, 1786) Nathaniel Gorham (June 6, 1786 November 5, 1786) Arthur St. Clair (February 2, 1787 November 4, 1787) Cyrus Griffin (January 22, 1788 November 2, 1788 The first president of the First Continental Congress was Payton Randolph, September 5, 1774 Just thought you'd like to know. Carry on.