(February 22) Today we're celebrating . . .  George Washington’s Birthday

George Washington’s Birthday
The first President* of the United States of America. Washington is considered by many scholars and historians to be one of the country’s greatest Presidents.

 *Did you know that George Washington, according to some historical accounting, was actually the eighth president of the United States, and not the first president?

Washington was sworn in as President on April 30, 1789 at the age of 57. He was the first president elected after the passage of the U.S. Constitution in 1788. From 1781 to 1788, however, the United States had been governed by a document known as the “Articles of Confederation,” which set out that there should be one house of Congress without an executive branch.

During that eight-year time period, Congress elected its own president. The first Congressional president was John Hanson, who served a two-year term. Hanson was succeeded by six other Congressional presidents, causing some historians to argue that George Washington was in fact the eighth president of the United States.

 

    source: USA4kids – George Washington
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