The Articles of Confederation

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    Were approved on this day, Nov. 15, 1777. Ratified by the states, as was expected, it was the controlling document of law until the Constitution of 1787 was ratified.



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    Notice the list of the President's of the Congress after ratification. Some say that John Hanson was the 1st President of the United States, as he was the 1st to serve a full year term under the Articles. This has some merit to it, but mostly not, IMO.


    After the Declaration was announced, it became necessary to insure that the words in it did not just lay flat on a parchment.
     
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    Actually, when you refer to a president under the Articles, you are really talking about a leader of the Congress. There was only one Branch under the Articles. No Executive Branch at all.
     
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    True, but the title bestowed upon them was President of the United States in Congress assembled.

    Most historians do not agree with the title of 1st President, as the title was conferred upon Washington under the constitution of 1787, despite the title by Congress itself, as they could be considederd the head of government, but not head of state.
     

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