Among all the names listed in American history I, George Washington will always remain to be one of the brightest names due to my 8 tremendous years as The President of The United States and the precedents I set for this Country. I was born in 1732 in Westmoreland Country, Virginia. I am married to Martha Washington who was aware that her behavior as first lady would become the model for the wives of future presidents. But thats not the thing you want to know about me so lets get going.
Everything started in 1753 where I was sent to the Ohio Valley to deliver a message to the French, demanding that they leave the area. A few months later, I and 150 soldiers went to the Ohio Valley to fight for Virginia’s claim of the land. My men and I engaged in a Conflict with French soldiers. Following this, My Men and I retreated to the Fort Necessity, where where I was forced to surrender. I was deeply embarrassed and later resigned from commission. Yet, This failed battle sparked the beginning of the French and Indian War.
In 1754, I was appointed Washington a lieutenant colonel and sent out with 160 men to strengthen a colonial post at what is now Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. From Fort Necessity I ambushed the French which killed about 30 of their men, striking the first blow of the French and Indian War. Since I was victorious, I was announced as a full colonel. “In June 1775, Congress ordered General George Washington to take command of the Continental Army against the British in Boston during the American Revolution. Despite having little practical experience in managing large, conventional armies, Washington proved to be a capable and resilient leader of the American military forces during the war” (The Revolutionary War, Pg 1). I would hold position as the leader for a total of 8 years. A big part during the Revolution was the Crossing of the Delaware River twice. I moved army across the frozen Delaware on December 30, 1776 along the Assunpink Creek outside of Trenton. Here, I awaited on the arrival of General Charles Cornwallis’ army of 8,000 Redcoats. Then on January 3, 1777 I was proven victorious for the second time. Both victories at Trenton and Princeton, not only helped encourage recruitment, but these actions also greatly impressed the French who were actively involved in the war.
The Year of 1789 was the most important year of my life, and that is the year I was elected as the 1st President of the United States. During my 8 years of presidency I accomplished many things one of them was I put an end to the Whiskey Rebellion.
By 1794 the Whiskey Rebellion threatened the stability of the new United States and challenged the federal government. “I recruited militia members from Pennsylvania as well as nearby Maryland and New Jersey. In total, there were almost 13,000 men—about as many as had served in the entire Continental Army that defeated the British” (Washington and the Whiskey Rebellion, Pg 1). The bringing of the militia had the effect of ending the Whiskey Rebellion.
During my 8 years as president I set many precedents that would contribute to shape the United States into what it is today. I set precedents for the social life of the president. Troubled by how the presidents of the Confederation Congress had been overwhelmed by visitors, I spent my days doing the business part of government and set aside the afternoon for meetings with the public and evenings for dinner parties with invited guests…I Established the Cabinet within the Executive Branch; I introduced a policy of neutrality concerning to foreign wars; I established the tradition of a presidential farewell address, And that is only some of the many things I have done. As the precedent setting first president, I also faced a number of challenges. I was a person in a difficult situation who struggled throughout my presidency to pave the way for the future presidents to come. Which was one of the biggest challenges I faced in my * years as President. It was a challenge with many consequences, because everyone including I, felt that if I failed at this task I could potentially bring the entire government crashing down. Another major problem I faced as soon as I became President was that the Nation was in debt and something must have been done about it. I elected Alexander Hamilton to run the treasury department which creating a combined national debt, opposed to individual state debts, federal excise taxes to service the debt, and a national bank. I resigned from presidency in 1797 and returned to Mount Vernon, which is where I would continue my life.