Presidents of Congress

First Continental Congress

Peyton Randolph

September 5, 1774 - October 22, 1774

Henry Middleton

October 22, 1774 - October 26, 1774

Second continental Congress

Peyton Randolph

May 10, 1775 - May 24, 1775

John Hancock

May 24, 1775 - October 31, 1777

Henry Laurens

November 1, 1777 - December 9, 1778

John Jay

December 10, 1778 - September 28, 1779

Congress of the Confederation

Thomas McKean

July 10, 1781 - November 4, 1781

John Hanson

November 5, 1781 - November 3, 1782

Elias Boudinot

November 4, 1782 - November 2, 1783

Thomas Mifflin

November 3, 1783 - June 3, 1784

Richard Henry Lee

November 30, 1784 - November 4, 1785

John Hancock

November 23, 1785 - May 12, 1786

David Ramsay and Nathaniel Gorham served as chairmen in his absence

Nathaniel Gorham

June 6, 1786 - November 5, 1786

Arthur St. Clair

February 2, 1787 - November 4, 1787

Cyrus Griffin

January 22, 1788 - November 2, 1788