The US Presidents/George Washington

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George Washington

1789–1797

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John Adams

1797–1801

For an in depth look at the 1st US President, follow this link: George Washington.

Elected: 1st Term in 1789 (only US election to occur in an odd-numbered year)

Elected: 2nd Term in 1792

Presidency: 1789 to 1797

Major US Laws[edit]

The following is a list of major laws in US History signed by George Washington during his presidency:

  • Residence Act of 1790, allowing the President to select a location for the future capital of the country.
  • The first 10 Amendments were added to the Constitution as the Bill of Rights in 1791.
  • He also gave his famous Farewell Address in 1796 before retiring from the Presidency

Major US Events[edit]

The following is a list of major events in US History during the presidency of George Washington:

  • US governmental operations started under the new US Constitution on March 4, 1789.
  • The first session of the Supreme Court convened on February 2, 1790.
  • The Whiskey Rebellion was quelled by state militia in 1794, proving the strength of the new Constitution.
  • Vermont (1791), Kentucky (1792), and Tennessee (1796) joined the Union.

Foreign Affairs[edit]

The following is a list of events in US Foriegn Affairs during the presidency of George Washington:

Major World Events[edit]

The following is a list of major events in World History during the presidency of George Washington:

  • The French Revolution began, establishing the First French Republic.
  • George Washington had nothing to with it the first 3 years.

Interesting Facts[edit]

  • George Washington was the only US president ever to have been elected unanimously by the Electoral College, which he was during both terms.
  • Washington refused to run for a third term once his second term was done, setting a precedent for future presidents, a tradition which held until Franklin Delano Roosevelt's third election in 1940.