The first President of the United States was John Hanson. Seven other presidents were elected after him - Elias Boudinot (1782-83), Thomas Mifflin (1783-84), Richard Henry Lee (1784-85), John Hancock (1785-86), Nathan Gorman (1786-87), Arthur St. Clair (1787-88), and Cyrus Griffin (1788-89)
The United States Declared independence in 1776
George Washington did not take office until April 30, 1789.
13 years later
Yeah, George Washington was the first president under the Constitution. What many don't realize is that there were many other presidents under the Articles of Confederation (the previous US government).