Category: President of the Continental Congress

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The president of the Continental Congress was the presiding officer of the Continental Congress, the convention of delegates that emerged as the first national government of the United States during the American Revolution. The president was a member of Congress elected by the other delegates to serve as an impartial moderator during meetings of Congress. Designed to be a largely ceremonial position without much influence, the office was unrelated to the later office of President of the United States.

Fourteen men served as president of Congress. The first was Peyton Randolph, who was elected on September 5, 1774. The last president, Cyrus Griffin, resigned in November 1788. President John Hancock is remembered for his large, bold signature on the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted and signed during his presidency.

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People or pages in President of the Continental Congress

There are 14 profiles on this category page.



  • Nathaniel Gorham 27 May 1738 Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts Bay - 11 Jun 1796
  • Cyrus Griffin abt 16 Jul 1748 Lancaster, Virginia Colony - 14 Dec 1810


  • John Hancock III 12 Jan 1737 Braintree (now Quincy), Province of Massachusetts Bay - 8 Oct 1793

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  • John Hanson 14 Apr 1721 Mulberry Grove, Charles Co, Province of Maryland - 15 Nov 1783
  • Samuel Huntington 16 Jul 1731 Windham, Windham, Connecticut - 5 Jan 1796


  • John Jay 12 Dec 1745 Bedford, New York - 17 May 1829


  • Henry Laurens 24 Feb 1725 Charles Town, South Carolina - 8 Dec 1792
  • Richard Henry Lee 20 Jan 1732 Stratford, Westmoreland Co, Virginia Colony - 19 Jun 1794




  • Arthur St Clair 23 Mar 1737 Thurso, Caithness, Scotland, United Kingdom - 31 Aug 1818

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