George Washington

A Great Leader?

Overview

George Washington was the first President of the United States of America. He set precedents for the future leaders of our nation, and accomplished many great things within his presidency.
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Accomplishments

  • George Washington was the first President of the Unites States of America
  • He was the only president to receive 100% of Electoral Votes
  • Signed the Naval Act, which established a permanent naval army for the country, and government
  • Signed the Jay Treaty, which established peace and neutrality between two nations
  • Signed the Treaty of Greenville, which ended the Indian Wars in Ohio
  • Signed the Pinckney's Treaty, which was with Spain that formed peace with the southern regions of the United States, and granted American citizens free passage of the Mississippi River.
  • He created the Cabinet
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Facts

  • President Washington never lived in Washington D.C.
  • Established the tradition of a cabinet of advisers who would carry out the policy
  • Signed into law the first copyright law
  • Set precedents for the social life of a president
  • the first Thanksgiving Proclamation was issued by Washington
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Precedents

  • Established the cabinet within the Executive Branch of Government
  • Introduced a policy of of neutrality concerning foreign wars that was followed up until WWII
  • Only serves for 2 terms that was followed until FDR's presidenct
  • Established relations with Great Britain through Jay's Treaty
  • Established the tradition of a presidential farewell address

Why George Washington Was An Effective Leader

  • He was a visionary leader, and had great plans for our country
  • He was able to make set guidelines Presidents to come could follow
  • As a former General, Washington knew what was best in terms of wars; he set the precedent of staying neutral in foreign wars