George Washington's Presidency
What Do We Call Our Leader?
One conflict about electing a president is that the term "president" was not being used. There was an issue on what to call Washington, though some suggested calling him "Your Excellency." This was a problem because they felt this sounded too much like what you'd refer to a king as. Washington settled the conflict by telling people to refer to him as "Mr. President."
In order to solve our economic issue, Congress decided to pass a law taxing luxury items. This included whiskey. In protest, farmers and other settlers simply refused to pay the tax. They gathered to protest the issue in even more intensity, but the government sent a militia to control the protest, and it ended immediately.
Founding Our Nation's Capital
Another dispute was where our nation's capitol would be placed. Both the North and the South wanted the capitol to be in their territory. In order to pay off debt, Alexander Hamilton struck a deal with southern states. They would help pay off debt for the northern states and in return the capitol would be located in their region. The location that was decided would be dubbed the District of Columbia.
A main debate point was between the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists. Thomas Jefferson supported the Anti-Federalists, or Republicans. Opposing them was Alexander Hamilton and the Federalists. This separation scared Washington so much that he ran for a second term just to keep the country together.
As Washington's second term came to an end, he wrote and published a farewell letter that would be published in the Philadelphia Paper. His letter included two major warnings. These basically said to steer clear of permanent alliances with foreign countries, and to not let political parties grow.