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The President of the Magical Congress of the United States of America is the leader of the wizarding world in the United States and the highest ranking member of the Magical Congress of the United States of America, which they preside over.[2]


Early years

The Magical Congress of the United States of America, (and thus the Presidency) was formed in 1693, as a direct result of the Salem Witch Trials and the menace of the Scourers, almost a century before the No-Maj Continental Congress declared America independent from the United Kingdom in July 1776.

Josiah Jackson became the first President of MACUSA. Josiah was thought to be strong enough to deal with the troubles caused by the Salem Witch Trials.

The first task of the North American wizarding legislature was to put on trial the Scourers, a unscrupulous and brutal band of wizarding bounty hunters and racketeers, executing those convicted of murder, wizard-trafficking, and torture.[1] Josiah Jackson main priority when he became President was to create and train Aurors. There were only a select few to start with with only two of the them surviving to old age. They won the enduring respect of the magic community in North America which was extended to their descendants.

In 1760, MACUSA relocated to Williamsburg, Virginia where it's then President Thornton Harkaway lived. Harkaway bred Crups which possess a great aggression towards non-magical people. When the crups attacked local No-Majs, it led to a great breach of the Statute of Secrecy and Harkaway had to step down due to disgrace.

MACUSA then relocated to Baltimore where President Able Fleming lived. However, when the Revolutionary War began which led to the arrival of the No-Maj Congress to the city, MACUSA decided to move to Washington. In 1777, then President Elizabeth McGilliguddy presided over the infamous Country or Kind? debate. It was an extraordinary meeting which led to the expansion of the Great Meeting Chamber. They discussed whether to support their community or their country and whether to fight for liberation from the British Muggles. They also debated whether it was really their fight. The argument did not go well and it led to a fight. Pro-interventionists argued that by intervening, they could save lives while anti-interventionists believed that they would reveal their community by intervening and place it in danger. They sought the advice of the Ministry of Magic to find out whether they intended to intervene on their side and they replied with only a four word letter - "Sitting this one out". McGilliguddy replied with an even shorter message stating - "Mind you do".

President Emily Rappaport created Rappaport's Law which would enforce strict segregation between the No-Maj and wizarding communities after the discretions of the dim-witted witch Dorcus Twelvetrees. Henceforth wizards were no longer allowed to befriend or marry No-Majs and penalties of such fraternisation were harsh. Communication was also limited to that necessary to perform daily activities. During this time MACUSA worked strictly independent of itself from the No-Maj government to decrease the possibility of exposure.

Present time

The current President of MACUSA and thus leader of American wizarding society is President Samuel G. Quahog.[2]

Following the kidnapping of Hans the Augurey by American fans celebrating the American team's success in the quarter-finals of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup against Liechtenstein, several terse letters were exchanged between President Quahog and Otto Obermeier, Minister for Magic of Liechtenstein.[2] Luckily, Hans was returned the following day, 9 June 2014, and the relationship between the two countries seemed not to have been too damaged.[2]

Known Presidents of the MACUSA

17th century

# Portrait President of MACUSA
(term of office)
Other MACUSA offices held Notes
1 Josiah Jackson
1693 to ?
First person to use the title of President of MACUSA. A warlike wizard, his immediate priority as President was to recruit and train Aurors.
3 Charity Wilkinson
Auror Served as one of the original twelve American Aurors before becoming MACUSA's third President.

18th century

# Portrait President of MACUSA
(term of office)
Other MACUSA offices held Notes
? Thornton Harkaway
c. 1760
Relocated MACUSA to his hometown of Williamsburg, Virginia in 1760. A flamboyant man, bred Crups among many other interests. Left his office in disgrace following a breach of the Statute of Secrecy when his pack of Crups savaged several local No-Majs.
? Able Fleming
Relocated MACUSA to his hometown of Baltimore, but MACUSA later moved to Washington due to the outbreak of the Revolutionary War and the arrival of the No-Maj Congress.
? Elizabeth McGilliguddy
c. 1777
Presided over the infamous 'Country or Kind?' debate of 1777 in Washington over magical involvement in the Revolutionary War.
15 Emily Rappaport
c. 1790
Following a major breach of the Statute of Secrecy, enacted Rappaport's Law in 1790, creating total segregation between wizard and No-Maj communities in the United States.

19th century

# Portrait President of MACUSA
(term of office)
Other MACUSA offices held Notes

20th century

# Portrait President of MACUSA
(term of office)
Other MACUSA offices held Notes
? Seraphina Picquery 2 Seraphina Picquery
Allowed wizarding consumption of alcohol during her mandate. Dealt with massive threat to the Statute of Secrecy when some beasts escaped from the suitcase of British Magizoologist Newt Scamander.

21st century

# Portrait President of MACUSA
(term of office)
Other MACUSA offices held Notes
? Samuel G. Quahog
c. 2014
Oversaw the kidnapping and return of Liechtenstein Quidditch mascot Hans by high-spirited American fans following their historic triumph in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup.


Notes and references

Magical Congress of the United States of America

Josiah Jackson (1693-?) · Charity Wilkinson · Thornton Harkaway (c. 1760) · Able Fleming · Elizabeth McGilliguddy (c. 1777) · Emily Rappaport (c. 1790) · Seraphina Picquery (1920-1928) · Samuel G. Quahog (c. 2014)


Wilhelm Fischer · Theodard Fontaine · Gondulphus Graves · Robert Grimsditch · Mary Jauncey · Carlos Lopez · Mungo MacDuff · Cormac O'Brien · Abraham Potter · Berthilde Roche · Helmut Weiss · Percival Graves

Other positions

Keeper of Treasure and Dragots · Director of Magical Security · Chief of Staff · Federal Wand Permit Officer · Federal Identity Commissioner

Other employees

Aristotle Twelvetrees · Porpentina Goldstein · Queenie Goldstein · E. A. Limus · Irene Kneedander


Department of Magical Law Enforcement · MACUSA Surveillance Wizarding Resources Department · Bureau of Covert Vigilance & Obliviation · Wand Permit Office · Body for Protection of Magical Species · Young Wizards Daycare Center

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