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George Washington
George washington
Mr. Washington
Political party: None
Awards: Congressional Gold Medal

Thanks of Congress

Religion Episcopal Church

or Deism

Born February 22, 1732
Died December 14, 1799 (aged 67)
These short articles are partly to help users outside the United States. The articles also have links to websites with material of interest to users who know the background to United States history.


George Washington will always be remembered for bravery and endurance when he led the forces that brought independence for the United States. Washington will also be remembered for his role in developing the United States as a democratic nation. While not officially a member of either party, his ideals and beliefs were Federalist in nature (he supported a more centralized government like that of Great Britain), which today would be closer to the Democratic Party.

Before the RevolutionEdit

Washington was born on February 22, 1732. Before the Revolutionary War Washington served with the British against the French but later he sided with those Americans who wanted independence.

Fairfax Resolves Edit

In July of 1774, George Washington with his friend and mentor George Mason wrote the Fairfax Resolves. The Fairfax Resolves set forth the legal arguments against British policy in the American Colonies, called for a Convention of Representatives of the Colonies to protest British policy, and helped establish Washington's reputation as a political as well as military leader.[1]

American RevolutionEdit

Washington was appointed commanding general of the newly formed American Army by the Second Continental Congress on June 19th 1775.[2] Washington remained the Commander-in-chief of the American Army during the American Revolutionary War and lead the army during times of severe privation when it was touch and go who would win.

George Washington went though his own 9/11 on September 11 1777 when he lost to the British.[3]

Initially Washington trained his new army and struggled to get supplies. Then he lost New York City [4] and Congress left Philadelphia through fear of British attack, soldiers were deserting and civilian moral was falling. Washington kept his army going in a hard winter at Valley Forge. Later the tide turned America’s way especially as France recognised the independence of America while French and Prussian military men helped improve his army. Later still the main military action was in the south but Washington coordinated war efforts and with the aid of French Noblemen America won the war overall. [5]

Respect for George Washington grew remarkably during the war due to his ability and integrity.

PresidencyEdit

After the war George Washington was president of the Constitutional Convention and was unanimously chosen as the first President of the United States of America. He is one of the greatest Americans who have ever lived. As President Washington worked to construct an executive that would function for future presidents. Washington strove to unify the new nation but could not prevent a split between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. During Washington’s second term as president there were greater divisions involving American policy over a war between Britain and France. Washington concluded a treaty with Britain but his critics in the Democratic-Republicans felt that he gave away too much.

The whole world owes to George Washington Representative democracy. George Washington was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America.

Quote from George WashingtonEdit

"As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality"- George Washington

References and External linksEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. The Fairfax Resolves, July 6-18, 1774
  2. http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=mgw8&fileName=mgw8b/gwpage001.db&recNum=2&tempFile=./temp/~ammem_bB3b&filecode=mgw&next_filecode=mgw&prev_filecode=mgw&itemnum=5&ndocs=100
  3. The Battle of Brandywine
  4. [1]
  5. I, the author of most of this section am British but I recognise that my country also owes a debt to Washington because he gave Parliamentary democracy to the world and my country now benefits from that as well.

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