A Renewed Nation: George Washington Essay

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A Renewed Nation Our nation’s first president, George Washington, was one of the most respected presidents that the United States ever had. His election was a complete surprise to him and his family. Back in his days, America had less crime, better morals, and a greater respect for the Bible. Washington’s days as president were, by no means, easy. Striving to set up America’s government while following the Constitution, Washington also tried his hardest to be a good example for America’s future presidents to follow. While he accomplished many of his goals as president, he also maintained an excellent reputation among the citizens of America.

George Washington, a hero from the Revolutionary War, was amazingly elected as president despite the fact that he was not interested in politics. [3] Fascinatingly, he did not campaign for the position as the first president of the United States of America. He was not even enthusiastic about politics (Gaines 19). [7] Elected for president, George Washington had a tough decision ahead of him. He had to chose either to leave his beautiful home, Mount Vernon, and to accept the position of presidency or to decline the position. After accepting the position, Washington, who was fifty-seven years old at the time, was inaugurated on April 30, 1789 in New York City, which was the capital of the United States. Washington was the only president ever to be inaugurated in New York City.

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Washington’s years of presidency extended from 1789-1797. Picking Alexander Hamilton as his financial advisor and Thomas Jefferson as his secretary of state, Washington saved himself from a great amount of stress. George Washington instructed to:
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation. (dictionary.com/quotes-George Washington). This quote shows his views on who he chose for his cabinet. During Washington’s first term as president, Hamilton began to form the conservative party and Jefferson started forming the liberal party. One important task Washington worked on during his first term was choosing the location of the new capital of The United States. When the time came for the election of 1793, Washington did not campaign. Amazingly, he was elected anyways. Washington’s second term was much harder than his first term because of disagreements between the conservatives and liberals and because Washington tried to maintain peace between the American citizens and the Native Americans. “George Washington is the only president who never lived in the White House” (Gaines 32). “In his farewell address, George Washington told…