Thomas McKean was the seventh President of the Continental Congress, and thus the leader of what was to become the United States, from July 10, 1781, until November 4, 1782. During his term in office, the British surrendered following the Battle of Yorktown.
He was preceeded in office by Samuel Huntington. In 1781, the Articles of Confederation were ratified by Maryland, the last of the 13 states, and created the structure of the new government. The Articles created an office of President separate from the Congress; the nation's leader was now John Hanson, the first President of the United States of America.