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Do you really know George Washington?
1. He was against excessive partisanship (alliances in a political party).
2. American neutrality - America needed to stay out of European conflicts while country strengthened.
3. The future of the United States was to the West.
George Washington was truly the only man considered for the presidency in 1789. Americans had called him the Father of the Country since 1776.
He played an important role in our revolution as leader of the Continental Army, and later as the presiding officer of the Constitutional Convention. He was the only chief executive of the federal government from its start to 1789.
Washington was considered a natural leader. He was almost 6'4", very tall for the 1700s. He was very athletic and was considered the finest horseman in Virginia. Unlike many founding fathers, he had never traveled or lived outside of the colonies, other than a trip to Barbados.
As general of the continental army, Washington lost more battles than he won. He knew that the British were stronger, so his strategy was to simply keep the Continental Army intact and outlast the British. Eventually, British citizens would stop supporting the war and the Americans would then win.
Everyone knows that George Washington was the first president and founding father of our country, but do you really know who he was?
- in 1796, announced retirement after 2 terms as president
- did not want to die in office
- wanted to set precedent - president should voluntarily step down from power
Mount Vernon, Washington's home near Washington, D.C.
Information from book, Founding Brothers, by Joseph Ellis.
Pictures from www.mountvernon.org
When he heard that George Washington intended to reject the title of emperor, King George III of England allegedly said, "If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world."