Meet one of our nation's Founding Fathers
George Washington was the first President of the United States and led the Continental Army to victory over the Kingdom of Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War of 1775. Following the end of the war in 1783, Washington retired to his plantation on Mount Vernon, prompting even King George III to name him "the greatest man in the world."
George Washington drafted the United States Constitution in 1787. 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 great nation capable of surviving in a world torn by war between Britain and France. He supported plans to build a strong central government by funding the national debt, implementing an effective tax system and creating a national bank.
Washington is seen as a symbol of the United States and republicanism in practice. His devotion to civic virtue made him an exemplary figure among early American politicians. Washington has been consistently ranked by scholars as one of the greatest U.S. Presidents.
- February 22, 1732: George Washington was born
- 1787: First to sign the Constitution
- 1789: Sworn in as the first president of the United States of America
- 1789: Only President to be elected unanimously by the Electoral College (he received 69 out of 69 votes)
- 1795: Washington avoided the temptation of war and began a decade of peace with Britain via the Jay Treaty
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