First President of United States - George Washington!!!
“The Harder the conflict, the greater the triumph” – one of the best quotes of George Washington…
George Washington was the First President of the United States from the year 1789 to 1797 and was one amongst the originating “Fathers of the United States”. He was an American lawmaker and fighter, who served as a Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army at the time of American Revolutionary War, and later administered over the 1787 convention that forged the United States Constitution. He is recognized as the "Father of the Country” both during his lifetime and till date and widely considered as the propulsive force behind the nation's inauguration.
George Washington was born on February 22nd 1732 to Augustine Washington and his second wife Mary Ball Washington. He had six siblings on a whole. His father was the Justice of the Westmoreland County Court and started his education at England's Appleby School, but couldn’t continue to his father’s sudden death.
George Washington in the French and Indian War
George Washington started his military service in the French and Indian War as a major in the militia of the British Province of Virginia. He was sent as an ambassador from the British crown to the French officials and Indians as far north as present-day Erie, Pennsylvania in 1753. British investors prepared to broaden into the Ohio Valley, opening new settlements and trading posts for the Indian trade through an important vehicle “The Ohio Company”.
George Washington did a prominent military and political appearance in the American Revolution. His embarrassment began in 1767, when he first took legislative views against the various acts of the British Parliament. He opposed the 1765 Stamp Act, the first direct tax on the colonies enforced by the British Parliament, which comprised no delegates from the colonies; he began taking a prominent role in the flourishing colonial defiance when protests became epidemic against the Townshend Acts (executed in 1767). In May 1769, he popularized a program, forged by his friend George Mason and inviting for Virginia to exclude English goods until the Acts were abolished.
Parliament abolished the Townshend Acts in 1770. Washington witnessed the portion of the Intolerable Acts in 1774 as "an Intrusion of our Rights and Privileges". He handled the meeting at which the "Fairfax Resolves" were endorsed in July 1774, which called for the summoning of a Continental Congress, among other things. Washington appeared in the First Virginia Convention in August, where he was elected as a senator to the First Continental Congress.
Presidency of George Washington
George Washington was voted in universally as the first president by the Electoral College in 1789 and again in 1792. He sustains as the one and only president to hold the completeness of elective votes. John Adams was the person to get the next highest vote total and was voted in as a vice president. Washington was successfully inaugurated by taking the first presidential pledge of work on the terrace of Federal Hall in New York City on April 30, 1789. The pledge was executed by Chancellor Robert R. Livingston: "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States." Historian John R. Alden pinpoints that Washington combined the words "so help me God".
George Washington died on December 14th 1799 even after performing bloodletting and tracheotomy treatments. Washington's last words as "'Tis well" was registered in Tobias Lear’s memoir. A cremation was held at Mount Vernon on December 18th 1799, where Washington's body was entombed.
Legacy of George Washington in the American History
Monuments and memorials