1st CC Sept 5, 1774 - Oct 21, 1774 Virginia Cousin of Thomas Jefferson, elected unanimously the first president of the Continental Congress.
1st CC Oct 22, 1774 - Oct 26, 1774 South Carolina Speaker of the Commons, Commissioner for Indian Affairs, member of the Governor's Council until he resigned his seat in 1770 to become a leader of the opposition to British policy; wealthy landowner - 50,000 acres and approximately 800 slaves.
2nd CC May 10, 1775 - May 24, 1775 Virginia First president to serve non-consecutive terms, though it was really one term interupted and ended early due to ill health
2nd CC May 24, 1775 - Oct 29, 1777 Massachusetts Presided over Declaration of Independence, known for his signiture; had hoped to be named Commander of Army until Adams nominated Washington.
2nd CC Nov 1, 1777 - Dec 9, 1778 South Carolina Of Huguenot extraction; only president to become a POW; Washington called him 'the Father of our Country.'
2nd CC Dec 10, 1778 - Sept 27, 1779 New York 1st Secretary of State, 1st Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; author of some of the Federalist Papers.
2nd CC & USC Sept 28, 1779 - July 9, 1781 Connecticut Though unschooled, became one of the greatest legal minds of the age; forced to resign presidency due to ill health.
USC July 10, 1781 - Nov 4, 1781 Pennsylvania and Delaware Over a fifty-year career in public life he held almost every possible position; as Governor of PA became father of the spoils system.
USC Nov 5, 1781 - Nov 3, 1782 Maryland 1st to serve complete term under the Articles; He remained a confirmed anti-federalist until his untimely death.
USC Nov 4, 1782 - Nov 2, 1783 New Jersey Spent almost his entire career as a diplomat; Secretary for Foreign Affairs; negotiated deftly with Canada during Benedict Arnold affair.
USC Nov 3, 1783 - Nov 29, 1784 Pennsylvania Washington's 1st aide-de-camp, later part of the Conway Cabal; ironically it was he who accepted Washington's resignation of his commission.
USC Nov 30, 1784 - Nov 22, 1785 Virginia Was on committee to draft The Declaration, called home, replaced by Jefferson; when Constitution was sent to the States for ratification, he opposed it as anti-democratic and anti-Christian; however, as a Senator, he helped assure passage of the Bill of Rights.
USC Nov 23, 1785 - June 5, 1786 Massachusetts First president to serve truly non-consecutive terms, though unable to serve his second tenure as President due to illness.
USC June 6, 1786 - Feb 1, 1787 Massachusetts Even though he was an avid federalist, he did not believe that the union could - or even should - be maintained peaceably for more than a hundred years; Congress entertained idea establishing a constitutional monarch in America.
USC Feb 2, 1787 - Jan 21, 1788 Pennsylvania Only president of the US born on foreign soil (Scotland); Following his term of duty in the highest office in the land, he became the first Governor of the Northwest Territory and the founder of Cincinnati.
USC Jan 22, 1788 - March 4, 1789 Virginia A protégé of George Washington - having worked with him on several speculative land deals in the West - he was a reluctant supporter of the Constitutional ratifying process. It was during his term in the office of the Presidency - the last before the new national compact went into effect - that ratification was formalized and finalized.