Samuel Huntington (statesman)

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Samuel Huntington
3rd Governor of Connecticut
In office
1786–1796
Lieutenant Oliver Wolcott
Preceded by Matthew Griswold
Succeeded by Oliver Wolcott
1st President of the United States in Congress Assembled
In office
March 1, 1781 – July 9, 1781
Preceded by None
Succeeded by Thomas McKean
6th President of the Continental Congress
5th President of the Second Continental Congress
In office
September 28, 1779 – March 1, 1781
Preceded by John Jay
Succeeded by None
Personal details
Born July 3, 1731
Windham, Connecticut
Died January 5, 1796(1796-01-05) (aged 64)
Norwich, Connecticut
Political party Federalist
Signature

Samuel Huntington (July 16, 1731 - January 5, 1796) was an American jurist, statesman, and revolutionary leader from Connecticut. He served as a delegate to the Continental Congress where he signed the Declaration of Independence, as Governor of Connecticut, and later as the first President of the United States in Congress Assembled, that is, the presiding officer of the Congress of the Confederation, the sole governing body of the first central government of the United States of America. His office was not that of today's President of the United States, which is a federal chief executive position created under the later United States Constitution.