Essay about George Washington

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George Washington Many look to George Washington for the great things he accomplished in his lifetime. Winning the War for American Independence, being the first president, and shaping the way the Constitution was written and how the federal government was formed are all attributable to him. However, from his youth, he was a man whose focus on the little details in his life predicted his behavior in grander situations as they were presented to him. Washington memorized the Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation when he was a boy. He not only memorized them; he internalized them to the point that he did not have to think about whether he was following them. They became second nature to him. He strove for…show more content…
He exchanged many letters with her and developed a close friendship. There was only one problem: she was married to one of his in-laws. Despite his feelings, however, no evidence exists that he ever crossed the line into an affair. He put the welfare and feelings of others first instead of rushing emotionally into something that could be very damaging. Years later, after being elected president, Washington dealt with the rigors of building a government from scratch. The Congress had enacted a tax on whiskey in order to raise funds. In order to put down the rebellion of farmers, Washington personally led the militias of four states to Pennsylvania to put down the uprising. The twenty men captured were put on trial, and two were found guilty. Rather than let the incident cause further divisions, Washington pardoned the men, hoping for it to have a healing effect. He restrained those around him from letting those two men take the full punishment, preferring instead to show mercy to them. Washington was not noted for saying much at the Continental Congress or Constitutional Convention. When he did speak, all listened. Perhaps the restraint he showed by talking less frequently allowed what he did say to have more weight, so much weight that he was chosen as the leader of such people as Jefferson, Hamilton, and Franklin. Perhaps his most notable instances of restraint involve his surrender of power. He was given complete control of the

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