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The Achievements of George Washington and John Adams
Transcript of The Achievements of George Washington and John Adams
A Brief History of Washington
Washington was born on February 22, 1732. At age 17, he became a local surveyor for the town he lived in. He served in the French and Indian war, became a general for the colonists in the American Revolution, became America's first president, and then died in 1799.
Washington is considered, by some, as a god amongst men, for he has set many precedents that are still followed today and is partly responsible for America's freedom. To this day, presidents use the cabinet for advice and only serve two terms. Unfortunately, Washington's ideas that we should remain neutral in foreign affairs do not seem to be followed anymore.
Washington's Accomplishments (2)
As the first president, Washington had a lot on his plate. Fortunately, he and the cabinet knew how to handle the problems at hand. One of these problems was Shay's Rebellion, which was resolved by sending a private army of soldiers to the area in which was being attacked. Because the uprising was mainly over the government's failed promise to pay veterans the problem, the First National Bank was created to store money and pay off Debts,
Washington's Accomplishments (3)
Washington also put an end to the Whiskey rebellion, a rebellion caused by the taxation of the production of whiskey. This was quickly ended after he sent a group of over 13,000 men to break up the rebellion. There was not even any confrontation, although a few people were arrested.
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A Brief History Of John Adams
John Adams was born on October 30, 1735. By age 16 he was admitted into the college of Harvard. He became a lawyer, and eventually became the second president of the United States.
Adams had a lot of problems to deal with. France and Britain were waging war against each other and we were supposed to defend France. In order to prevent war, Adams signed Jay's Treaty, which kept Britain from attacking the US. Unfortunately, a Quasi-War with France erupted. In order to defend the United States, Adams passed an extremely controversial set of laws called the "Alien and Sedition Acts."
The Alien And Seton acts made it take longer to become a US citizen, made it illegal to spread rumors about the government, and give the government the right to deport immigrants that they felt were dangerous. In order to negotiate with France, three representatives were sent to reach a compromise. The French demanded a bribe and a loan for France just to negotiate.