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Transcript of George Washington
Weaknesses George Washington had many strengths but also had weaknesses. One of his strengths was that he commanded a large American army and won many wars with them. Another strength was that he delegated authority wisely. One of his weaknesses was that he didn't want to accept money from people because he wanted to protect his social image. Another weakness of his was that he was weak in foreign affairs. How He Became a Leader George showed early signs of natural leadership. After his brother Lawrence died, George was given the position of major in the Virginia Militia. He was later appointed Major General and Commander-in-Chief. Prestige, military experience and politics made him the best choice for the position. After the U.S. gained independence, George was unanimously voted as president. "Washington could have been a king. Instead, he chose to be a citizen. He set many precedents for the national government and the presidency: The two-term limit in office, only broken once by Franklin Roosevelt, and then later ensconced in the Constitution's 22nd Amendment. He crystallized the power of the presidency as a part of the government’s three branches, able to exercise authority when necessary, but also accept the balance of power inherent in the system... For over 200 years, Washington has been acclaimed as indispensible to the success of the Revolution and the birth of the nation. But his most important legacy may be that he insisted he was dispensable, asserting that the cause of liberty was larger than any single individual." (Biography.com) George Washington affected our country today as well. For example: his face is on our one dollar bill, and we celebrate President's Day (Washington's birthday) every year. Significant Contributions Obstacles He Had to Overcome "It is better to be alone than in bad company." (Washington)
"Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence."
(Washington) Quote by George Washington • Born on February 22, 1732
• Born in Westmoreland county, Virginia
• His father was a tobacco plantation owner
• The oldest of 6 children
• Spent most of his childhood near Fredericksburg, Virginia
• Had a rough childhood
• Father died when he was 11 years old
• His guardian and older half-brother, Lawrence died of tuberculosis in 1752
• He was a surveyor for 2 years
• He was an American General
• In the American Revolution he became commander-in-chief of the colonial armies
• He was the 1st president of the U.S.
• He died in Mount Vernon, Virginia on December 14, 1799 http://www.biography.com/people/george-washington-9524786
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/g/george_washington.html Works Cited By Emily Flake and Lauren Hynes http://www.myhero.com/go/hero.asp?hero=G_Washington_selden_ms_2008 George Washington had several obstacles in his life. One of the most notable obstacles was the decision of whether to join the Patriots or Loyalists. He had to decide between his friends and his country. In the end, he decided to fight with the Patriots for his country, and he and his army ended up winning the war. George "Washington had a few obstacles in his presidency that he had to overcome, including the Whiskey Rebellion. Alexander Hamilton, who was also the founder of the Federalist Party, convinced the president to place a tax on some objects, and one of them was whiskey. Since the people made more money when they made their corn into whiskey, they objected. They compared the whiskey tax to the hated taxes Britain had enforced on them (such as the Intolerable Acts). When a tax collecter came to collect the tax, farmers rebelled, burning down his house. When George Washington heard of this, he sent the militia. In his opinion, violence would not be tolerated in a republic. When the farmers heard that 13,000 troops were marching against them, they quickly dispersed" (Wiki.answers.com) http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/g/george_washington.html#juxs3dhfcqsHuQb6.99