Cyrus Griffin

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Cyrus Griffin
President
Congress of the Confederation
22 January 1788—4 March 1789
Personal Details
Birth: 1749
Death: 1810

Cyrus Griffin (1749-1810) was the final pre-Constitution US President. He served under the Articles of Confederation.

He served from 1788 to 1789.

History

Before serving as President, he was a delegate to the Continental Congress from 1778 through 1780. He found the Congress to be dishonorable and self-interested, as he noted in a letter to Thomas Jefferson at the end of his first term, and was deeply concerned about the state of the war effort[1].

From 1780 through 1786 he served as one of the first judges appointed to the original Court of Appeals.

From 1786-1787 he served as a delegate to the Virginia state assembly.

In January 1788, Congress elected him as its president. During his term the US Constitution was finally ratified.

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References

  1. http://www.cyrusgriffin.com/


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Preceded by:
Arthur St. Clair
US President
1788-1789
Succeeded by:
George Washington (President of the Executive Branch)

John Adams (President of the Senate)

Frederick Muhlenberg (Speaker of the House)