Flexner, James Thomas. George Washington. Little.1967
George Washington was one of the founding fathers of the United States of America. He
served as commander-in-chief of the Continental army during the Revolutionary War, and later
served as thefirst president of the United States. His thoughts and ideas helped mold the United
States into the great country that it is today.
George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia.
He was the eldest son of Augustine Washington and Mary Ball Washington. He received no
formal education, but he read geography, military history, agriculture, deportment, and
composition.Washington later developed a powerful and convincing style of speech and writing.
He enjoyed sports and social occasions, and he later became a surveyor for landowners on the
George Washington was elected president of the United States in 1789, and in New York
City on April 30, 1789, he took the oath of office as President of the United States at age 57. He
was extremely influential in the initial operation of the new government. After the ballot he wrote,
“My movements to the chair of government will be accompanied by feeling not unlike those of a
culprit, who is going to the place of his execution.” Washington’s task was to organize a
government but also create a role for the highest officer of the new nation. Both tasks earned him
One of Washington’sfirst duties of office was establishing a cabinet. He appointed
Alexander Hamilton secretary of treasury and Thomas Jefferson secretary of state. Washington
allowed Jefferson to pursue a policy of seeking trade with European nations. Hamilton proposed
important ideas such as a funded national debt and the creation of the Bank of the United States.
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