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Samuel Huntington (Connecticut politician)

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Samuel Huntington
3rd Governor of Connecticut
In office
LieutenantOliver Wolcott
Preceded byMatthew Griswold
Succeeded byOliver Wolcott
1st President of the United States in Congress Assembled
In office
March 1, 1781 – July 9, 1781
Preceded byNone
Succeeded byThomas McKean
8th President of the Continental Congress
5th President of the Second Continental Congress
In office
September 28, 1779 – March 1, 1781
Preceded byJohn Jay
Succeeded byNone
Personal details
BornJuly 3, 1731
Windham, Connecticut
DiedJanuary 5, 1796(1796-01-05) (aged 64)
Norwich, Connecticut
Political partyFederalist

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.