George Washington: The First President. Starting The Nation. In 1789, George Washington was unanimously chosen as the first president of the United States. Washington was concerned that his age and lack of political experience would make him a poor president.
The First President
Washington was now head of the executive branch, but he knew he could not make all of the decisions on his own, so he appointed advisers.These advisers made up the cabinet. Washington picked the very best and brightest to fill these positions-Thomas Jefferson was chosen Secretary of State because he knew a lot about foreign nations. Alexander Hamilton was chosen Secretary of the Treasury because he knew a lot about finances.
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