The First President of the United States
There's not going to be a single original thought in this ditty; everything is George Grant's. So anyway, on to the first President of the United States. That's right: Peyton Randolph. Peyton Randolph was the first President of the United States. Henry Middleton was the second President of the United States. John Hancock, of large ligature legend, was the third. By now you should be screaming out in confusion that this was not what you were taught in school. Precisely! And therein lies the problem. You have been robbed. Of course, with schools the way they are these days, I shouldn't be surprised if you didn't even know that George Washington was the first President of the United States under our current
Constitution. Public schools these days have a lot to answer for. For my views on this matter, simply read Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning, by Douglas Wilson.
Anyway, I thought I'd give an anecdote about Peyton Randolph. John Adams said of him, "Peyton Randolph is remarkable because he can write two letters simultaneously in two different languages on two different subjects." John Adams, it must be confessed, could only write two letters simultaneously in two different langauges on the same subject. How about that?