Washington DC - In a survey released today, 99 percent of Americans cannot name the first President of the United States. Chances are, if you’re reading this, you can’t either.
76 percent of respondents responded with George Washington, who is listed at the first President under the Constitution. However, he was not the first President of the United States. 14 percent of respondents stated that Abraham Lincoln was the first president. He was, in fact, the 16th President of the United States.
4 percent replied Benjamin Franklin, 3 percent responded Ronald Reagan and 2 percent stated the first President was Neil Armstrong. Neither Franklin nor Armstrong were presidents.
The correct answer is Samuel Huntington, who was the first President of the United States under the Articles of Confederation. He was the sixth man voted to lead the Congressional Congress, and was the leader when the Articles of Confederation were signed. The purpose of the survey was to find out how much history Americans know. The researchers were not surprised that Washington was the top answer. The other 23 percent who responded with Lincoln, Franklin, Armstrong, and Reagan has researchers worried about the future of education in America.
“The people who are our teachers don’t know this material. It is being glanced over, if taught at all, in the schools. Eventually, this chapter of American history will be reserved only for those who dig deeper into history. This is a shame when it pertains to the history and formation of our country. Huntington was the first. Washington was also a first. The growing number who don’t know either answer, these are the future leaders and teachers of our children. We are on a slippery slope,” stated Wallace Grimes, lead researcher in the survey.
The survey was conducted between May 1st and May 31st amongst 122,372 respondents across the United States.
Annabel Lee is a freelance journalist for the Baltimore Fake Times Journal. She actually knew Samuel Huntington. You can Google it if you don’t believe her.