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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.

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George washington the first president

George Washington:

The First President


Starting the nation
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.


George washington the first president

  • Many Americans admired Washington.

  • They believed that his strong character, honesty, and patriotism would make him an excellent leader.

  • They felt he would be a model forall citizens.



George washington the first president

  • It took Washington 8 days to make the 235 mile journey from Mt. Vernon (Washington’s home) to New York.

  • NY was to be the capital until a new one could be built.

  • Along the way, citizens cheered him on with parades.

  • They were excited that Washington was their president, however, few of them had ever considered themselves part of a united nation.


Setting precedents
Setting Precedents Mt. Vernon (Washington’s home) to New York.

  • No one could tell Washington how to be president since no one had ever done the job before.

  • He knew he would set an example for all future presidents-”The first of everything in our situation will serve to establish a precedent.”


George washington the first president


George washington 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.


George washington the first president

  • Washington established other he could not make all of the decisions on his own, so he appointed advisers.precedents including:

  • Being called the President of the United States, or “Mr.President.”

  • Serving only Two Terms

  • No Alliances with foreign countries because it could lead to war.


George washington the first president

  • The judicial branch needed some organizing since the Constitution did not specify the number or location of federal courts.

  • In September 1789, Congress passed the Judiciary Act of 1789.

  • The Judiciary Act of 1789 created our federal court system with three levels-

    District courts

    Courts of Appeals

    Supreme Court.


George washington the first president