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Transcript of George Washington
a widow with two children. After a mission to deliver a message to the French that they should leave the Ohio River Valley, Washington found himself in a series of events leading to the French and Indian War. Washington led the Patriots against the British throughout the Revolutionary War. He endured many defeats and hard times, like the winter at Valley Forge, before finding success at places like Trenton and Saratoga. Smallpox This bust created in his later years reveals the smallpox scars from the disease he contracted as a child. Rules of Civility 4th In the Presence of Others Sing not to yourself with a humming Noise, nor Drum with your Fingers or Feet. Washington copied these 110 rules for good behavior when he was 16. more here:
http://www.foundationsmag.com/civility.html Surveyor He was a good math student and became
Fairfax County, Virginia's surveyor. Lived at Mount Vernon, Virginia. Mount Vernon was a
complete with many crops,
slaves, a grain mill,
and the largest distillery
in the nation. With his 6 foot tall frame and a reputation for leadership and courage, Washington was a natural choice for Commander of the Continental Army. " I luckily escaped without a wound, though I had four bullets through my coat, and two horses shot under me."-George Washington in a letter to his mother The view overlooking
the Potomac River Eventually, the British surrendered at Yorktown to end the war. (Washington is on the brown horse in the painting.) When the Declaration of Independence was adopted, Washington was already out in the field with his troops. He read a copy to them. Valley Forge, PA Crossing the Delaware to Trenton 1st President He set precedents
as our first Chief Executive: He selected a cabinet, including such famous people as Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State, (later the 3rd President)and Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury.(He's on the $10.00 bill.) Although he was popular, he knew when to relinquish power. He only served two terms, an idea later reinforced by the 22nd Amendment. He had an inauguration, or swearing in ceremony, although his 2nd inaugural address is the shortest in history. http://www.georgewashington.si.edu/portrait/flash.html Washington Administration Highlights Judiciary Act set up the Federal Courts system. John Jay was 1st Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. A compromise was made by Hamilton to repay debts with bonds in return for placing the U.S. Capital in Washington, D.C. The Bank of the United States was formed. Congress passed a protective tariff. Washington acted quickly to put down the Whiskey Rebellion. Jay's Treaty was a response to British capture of American trading ships that avoided war for the new American nation. In his Farewell Address, Washington warned against permanent alliances with other countries. Foreign Policy Washington remained neutral in
French Revolution. His Neutrality Proclamation
kept the U.S. out of the middle
between Britain and France.