A couple of friends sent an email to me concerning the meanings of “United States,” “United States of America” and “The United States of America”. I replied as follows:
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Geo. Washington: 1st President of the United States or 8th President of The United States of America? Or Both?
I received an email from “menaradi” that reads as follows:
“Just read your article on the Constitution and enjoyed it, but came across this one and thought you might like to read it, especially the 2nd to last paragraph of this article…. tell me why don’t we know about the 1st seven presidents of this country????
I suspect that the answer to your question may be that the first “president” (John Hanson?) was not president of the “United States“–he was president under the Articles of Confederation (A.D. 1781) and was therefore president of “The United States of America“.
Later, in A.D. 1789, the people created a new “government” by means of The Constitution of the United States. That new government was the government of the “United States“–but not of “The United States of America”. The first president of the “United States” was George Washington–but it’s possible that Washington may also have been the eighth (?) president of The United States of America.
I received an email containing the following article. I don’t know who wrote it, but it appears credible. Unfortunately, not every claim in the article is documented with an underlying authority. However, most of the claims can be traced to an authority.
While I have embraced the idea that TX, OK and CA signify “administrative divisions of US territory,” this article claims that use of the Zip Code creates prima facie evidence that you are a “resident” or Washington DC. The two hypotheses seem to deal with the same concept: that the government presumes we are in a federal venue (where we are subjects of Congress) rather than within a venue of a State of the Union (where we are individual sovereigns).