The Continental Presidents were noted for the following:
Continental Presidents - Peyton Randolph
Peyton Randolph (c 1721 - 1775): The First Continental President, elected twice as president, resigned due to ill health. Peyton Randolph was described by delegate Silas Deane as "Designed by nature for the business, of an affable, open and majestic deportment, large in size, though not out of proportion, he commands respect and esteem by his very aspect, independent of the high character he sustains."
Continental Presidents - Henry Middleton
Henry Middleton (1717-1784) : A Justice of the Peace and a wealthy landowner, with more than 50,000 acres and over 800 slaves
Continental Presidents - John Hancock
John Hancock (1737 - 1793): Merchant and Rebel leader. John Hancock was Continental President when the members approved the Declaration of Independence (see below)
Continental Presidents - Henry Laurens
Henry Laurens (1724 - 1792): The only American president ever to be held as a prisoner of war. Following his term as Continental President he was appointed Ambassador to the Netherlands. He was captured by an English warship on his journey and was imprisoned in the Tower of London until the end of the Revolutionary War.
Continental Presidents - John Jay
John Jay (1745 - 1829): A Founding Father and the first Secretary of State of America, called "Secretary of Foreign Affairs" under the Articles of Confederation. John Jay was also the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Famous for the "Jay Treaty," which helped avert a renewal of hostilities with Great Britain.
Continental Presidents - Samuel Huntingdon
Samuel Huntington (1732 - 1796): A Founding Father and a self-made man. John Jay referred to him as "one of the most precisely trained Christian jurists ever to serve his country."
Continental Presidents - Thomas McKean
Thomas McKean (1734 - 1817): A Founding Father and one of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence. During his term as Continental President in October 1781 Congress heard the news that the British had surrendered following the Battle of Yorktown. He was Governor of Pennsylvania and Chief Justice of the supreme court of Pennsylvania.
Continental Presidents - John Hanson
John Hanson (1715 - 1783): He was the first Continental President to serve a full term after the full ratification of the Articles of Confederation. Because of this one of his grandsons later claimed that he was the first President of the United States.
Continental Presidents - Elias Boudinot
Elias Boudinot (1741 - 1802): Achieved recognition as Secretary for Foreign Affairs. He did not sign the Declaration of Independence, the Articles, or the Constitution.
Continental Presidents - Thomas Mifflin
Thomas Mifflin (1744 - 1800): Gifted in the art of speech making he was a popular Continental President. He was the first Quartermaster General of the Continental Army and suspected of mishandling funds.
Continental Presidents - Richard Henry Lee
Richard Henry Lee (1732 - 1794) : He proposed the idea of Committees of Correspondence and the meeting of the First the Continental Congress. He signed the Declaration of independence and was the great uncle of Robert E. Lee.
Continental Presidents - Nathaniel Gorham
Nathaniel Gorham (1738 - 1796): A merchant who was a self-made man. During his time as Continental President Congress considered the idea of asking Bonnie Prince Charlie, heir to the Stuart royal line, to act in a role of a constitutional monarch in America.
Continental Presidents - Arthur St. Clair
Arthur St. Clair (1734 - 1818): Born in Scotland and raised during the Jacobite Rebellion, and the Battle of Culloden, he hated the English. He supported the idea of creating a constitutional monarchy under Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Continental Presidents - Cyrus Griffin
Cyrus Griffin (1736 - 1796): During his term as Continental President ratification of the Constitution was finalized.
Continental Presidents - John Hancock
One of the most famous Continental Presidents was John Hancock. John Hancock was a leader of the Sons of Liberty a secret, underground organization that was founded in Boston by Samuel Adams and John Hancock in July 1765 following the introduction of the Stamp Act. The Signature of John Hancock was the first to be added to the Declaration of Independence.
The Declaration of Independence