A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
First, my regular readers must have noticed that yesterday on INSIGHT on Freedom the so-called holiday referred to as President's Day was not mentioned. Rest assured -- there was a reason.
First of all, President's Day is an invention of the commercial community. Congress made it plain, when they instituted President's Day; the holiday was to memorialize President George Washington, our first President. But Washington WAS NOT OUR FIRST President! He was, in fact, or fifteenth President!
There were fourteen presidents BEFORE George Washington! Washington actually led the county's seventeenth administration. George Washington was the first President of the US under the current US Constitution.
Below is a list of the Presidents of this country serving before George Washington:
Peyton Randolph of Virginia (1723-1775)
Henry Middleton (1717-1784)
John Hancock (1737-1793)
Henry Laurens (1724-1792)
John Jay (1745-1829)
Samuel Huntington (1732-1796)
Thomas McKean (1734-1817)
John Hanson (1715-1783)
Thomas Mifflin (1744-1800)
Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794)
Nathaniel Gorham (1738-1796)
Arthur St. Clair (1734-1818)
Cyrus Griffin (1736-1796)
President Cyrus Griffin was a reluctant supporter of the Constitutional ratifying process. It was during Griffin's term in the office of the Presidency—the last before the new national compact (the current US Constitution) went into effect—that ratification was formalized and finalized. Griffin served as the nation's chief executive from January 22, 1788 until George Washington's inauguration on April 30, 1789.
Lincoln also said: "I acknowledge the constitutional rights of the States — not grudgingly, but fairly and fully, and I will give them any legislation for reclaiming their fugitive slaves."
In his Inaugural Address Lincoln said: "I have no purpose directly or indirectly to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so."