When talking about firsts that happened in the past, is it okay to use the present tense?
For instance, if we want to talk about George Washington being the first president of the United States, could we say: "George Washington is the first president of the United States."?
Technically he still is the first president and will be the first for the rest of time. But, he is no longer the president so should the statement be made in the past tense?