10 False Facts We Still Believe in Because We Were Told So in School

4. George Washington was the first president of the United States. Or the 15th?

10 False Facts We Still Believe in Because We Were Told So in School

It’s a well-known fact that a dollar bill depicts George Washington, the first president of the USA, a talented politician, and a participant in the American War of Independence. But this information doesn’t match because some people call him the first president, while others call him the 15th. Where did this contradiction come from?

The United States Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776, while George Washington became the head of the country on the April 30, 1789. So a logical question arises: who ruled the country from 1776 until 1789? Other presidents. That’s the reason why some sources cite Peyton Randolph as the first president.

But we should note that Peyton Randolph had the position of ’the first President of the Continental Congress,’ while the position of ’the first President of the USA’ was taken by George Washington.

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