George Washington

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The Founder of a New Nation There are few figures as large in American history as George Washington. His powerful leadership, determination, and endless patriotism was essential for winning the Revolutionary War, the creation of the United States Constitution, and the establishment of a new government. There are three defining events that happened to George during his life in colonial America. His proper childhood upbringing, his military leadership in the revolutionary war, and his election as the First President of the United States were the 3 most powerful events that took place in his life. As time passed, his legend has continually grown. He was made up of honesty, strength, and humbleness. We are told he could never tell a lie. …show more content…
Next, Washington appeared in military uniform at the Second Continental Congress in May, 1775. This appearance showed his support for the militia and his determination to fight. Washington was voted general and commander-in-chief of the Continental Army on June 15, 1775. The delegates who voted for him were impressed by his strong presence and military experience. He did not hesitate to whip the army or even execute the people who failed to follow orders. Washington always came up with plans that kept his army one step ahead of the enemy. After leading many tough battles during the American Revolutionary War, Washington defeated Lord Cornwallis' British army at Yorktown, causing the British to surrender and effectively ending the American Revolutionary War. In December 1783, Washington bid farewell to his officers and resigned from the Continental Army. In 1789, 69 members of Congress elected George Washington as the first President of the United States. Washington was an American war hero so he was worthy of the honor. Washington thought he had done enough to help America. He wanted to go home and live a quiet life. He did not want to become President because of all the conflicts that would be attached to a new government and was also concerned with his old age. After months of rejecting the idea of the presidency, Washington accepted Congress' decision. John Adams became Washington's vice president. On April 30, 1789, George Washington stood

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