c. John Hanson
George Washington was born on Feb. 22, 1732. Although the country declared independence in 1776, he didn't take office as the first President of the United States until 1789.
Before the Constitution was drafted, there was no chief executive but rather a presiding officer for Congress. The position was largely ceremonial with terms lasting for only a year. But it was still a mark of pride for Hanson's family. His grandson even petitioned Congress to put up his statue in a place of honor befitting the man he considered to be the true first president of the United States.