George Washington was the Commander in Chief of American troops in the Revolutionary War and presided over the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, before serving as President. His achievements in the founding of the United States have earned him the title "Father of our Country." more>>
Born in 1732 into a Virginia planter family, he learned the morals, manners, and body of knowledge requisite for an 18th century Virginia gentleman. On April 30, 1789, George Washington, standing on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York, took his oath of office as the first more>>
President of the United States. "As the first of every thing, our situation will serve to establish a precedent," he wrote James Madison. "It is devoutly wished on my part, that these precedents may be fixed on true principles." Despite being a member of the Federalist Party, Washington was immensely popular more>>
as a war hero and was an obvious choice as the first president for both federalists and anti-federalists. He was unanimously elected by the 69 electors. His runner up, John Adams, was named Vice President. Washington's importance cannot be understated. He led the Continental Army to victory over the British. more>>
He believed in a strong federal government which greatly influenced the nation during his eight years in office. He did not allow others to trap him as royalty. He worked on the principle of merit. His warning against foreign entanglements was heeded by future presidents. By declining a third term, he set up the precedent more>>
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