Lefty First U.S. President George Washington
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George Washington, First President of the United States of America
George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) became the first U.S. President (1789-1797). He is regarded as “Father of His Country” because of his important and significant role in the formation of the United States of America.
In 1775, the Continental Congress appointed Washington the commander-in-chief of the American revolutionary forces. The following year, he forced the British out of Boston, lost New York City, and crossed the Delaware River in New Jersey. Because of his strategy, Revolutionary forces captured the two main British combat armies at Saratoga and Yorktown. Negotiating with Congress, the colonial states, and French allies, he held together an army and a fragile nation amid threats of uncertainties.
Washington became President of the United States in 1789 and established many of the customs and usages of the new government’s executive department. He sought to create a nation capable of surviving in a world torn asunder by war, in particular, between Britain and France. His unilateral Proclamation of Neutrality of 1793 provided a basis for avoiding any involvement in foreign conflicts. He supported plans to build a strong central government by funding the national debt, implementing an effective tax system, and creating a national bank. An inspirational leader, he avoided war and a decade of peace with Britain began with the Jay Treaty in 1795. His farewell address was a primer on republican virtue. He was awarded the first Congressional Gold Medal with the Thanks of Congress in 1776.
On Washington’s death in 1799, Henry Lee, delivered the funeral oration, declaring Washington “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen”. He is consistently honoured as one of the greatest presidents the U.S. ever had.
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