The original title for President of the United States was His High Mightiness, the President of the United States and Protector of their Liberties. Wow, that was a mouthful if ever I said one. Why is it then that the original title for President of the United States was so grandiose and almost regal that it was changed to the rather plain and uninspiring Mr President? Well, it was a product of its time.
Following the cessation of hostilities in the American War of Independence, the new nation sought to produce a document that defined the nation and how it would operate. This document became the Constitution of the United States of America, and stood as a model for nearly all future nations. However, for all that the document did cover, it failed to make any mention for the official title for the commander in chief, the chief executive of the nation, the President. What would the President be called? Would he be called by name, or should a more specific title be used? After all, this was the leader of a nation, and all other leaders around the world had titles. For example, Kings were called Your Majesty, prime ministers were called by their position.