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George Washington: “First in War First in Peace and First in the Hearts of his Countrymen.”. “Lighthorse” Harry Lee at Washington’s Funeral. George Washington. Admired for his character & leadership . Commanding “presence”, dignified, graceful . An expert horseman.

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George Washington:“First in War First in Peace and First in the Hearts of his Countrymen.”

“Lighthorse” Harry Lee at Washington’s Funeral


George Washington

  • Admired for his character &

    leadership.

  • Commanding “presence”,

    dignified, graceful.

  • An expert horseman.

  • Very different public & private persona (knew when he was “on stage.”)


  • Was given power but never abused it.

  • Took no pay for services to his country.

  • Knew his place in history, yet had worries and doubts and was nervous about being capable.


Appearance

  • 6’2” 175-185 lbs.

  • Muscular, large hands & feet, long arms and legs, trim waist, large hips.

  • Large eyes, heavy brow, long face, firm chin, pale skin, red-brown hair, defective teeth.


Life Before President

  • Commander of Armies

  • Surveyor

  • Born poor and driven to acquire wealth and status throughout his life.

  • Very concerned with proper manners and behavior, studied hard

  • Admired his half brother, Lawrence


Life Before President

  • Married Martha Custis, a wealthy widow.

  • Loved Mt. Vernon (his plantation); wanted to be a gentleman farmer.


Plans, Hopes, & Fears

  • Will the people acceptme?

  • Can I unite the country and make it stable?

  • Can I keep us out of war with foreign nations?

  • What exactly is the president’s role? I’m the first and everyone is looking at me to define the role.


Inauguration in New York at Federal Hall

  • 57 years old, reluctant (hesitant) to be president.

  • On the 8 day trip to New York, there were huge celebrations: parades, etc. as he passed through.


  • He wore his “made in the U.S.A.” brown suit with white stockings

  • He was nervous- As he stood on the balcony of Federal Hall his knees shook.

  • He added the words “So help me God” to the president’s oath of office.


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