We wasn’t even the first President Post Declaration of Independence. It’s just, we sort of just started counting with him for some reason. During the American Revolution, several presidents were elected by the Continental Congress, the first being Peyton Randolph, who created the Continental Army. Thomas Mifflin, who was president between 1783 and 1784, oversaw the ratification of the Treaty of Paris. John Hancock, who became more famous for signing the Declaration of Independence, was the president between 1785 and 1786. Technically speaking, he was our 15th president.