Presidents of the United States before George Washington

Presidents of the United States before George Washington

 

Hardly youthful revolutionaries, their average age at the time of election to the presidency was forty-seven.

— Richard B. Morris, The Forging of the Union, 1781–1789
Name State/colony Age Term start Term end Length in days Previous experience
Peyton Randolph Virginia 53 September 5, 1774 October 22, 1774 48 Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses
Henry Middleton South Carolina 57 October 22, 1774 October 26, 1774 5 Speaker, S.C. Commons House of Assembly
Peyton Randolph Virginia 54 May 10, 1775 May 24, 1775 15 Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses
John Hancock Massachusetts 38 May 24, 1775 October 29, 1777 890 President, Massachusetts Provincial Congress
Henry Laurens South Carolina 53 November 1, 1777 December 9, 1778 404 President, S.C. Provincial Congress, Vice President, S.C.
John Jay New York 32 December 10, 1778 September 28, 1779 293 Chief Justice New York Supreme Court
Samuel Huntington Connecticut 48 September 28, 1779 July 10, 1781 652 Associate Judge, Connecticut Superior Court
Thomas McKean Delaware 47 July 10, 1781 November 5, 1781 119 Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
John Hanson Maryland 66 November 5, 1781 November 4, 1782 365 Maryland House of Delegates
Elias Boudinot New Jersey 42 November 4, 1782 November 3, 1783 365 Commissary of Prisoners for the Continental Army
Thomas Mifflin Pennsylvania 39 November 3, 1783 June 3, 1784 214 Quartermaster General of Continental Army, Board of War
Richard Henry Lee Virginia 52 November 30, 1784 November 4, 1785 340 Virginia House of Burgesses
John Hancock Massachusetts 48 November 23, 1785 June 5, 1786 195 Governor of Massachusetts
Nathaniel Gorham Massachusetts 48 June 6, 1786 November 3, 1786 151 Board of War
Arthur St. Clair Pennsylvania 52 February 2, 1787 November 4, 1787 276 Major General, Continental Army
Cyrus Griffin Virginia 39 January 22, 1788 November 15, 1788 299 Judge, Virginia Court of Appeals

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