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A Short Biography of George Washington

A Short Biography of George Washington

A Short Biography of George Washington


From 1789-1797,
George Washington served as the first President of the United States of
America. Washington is regarded as the “Father of the United States”
for his numerous achievements, most notably his role as commander of the
Continental Army in the Revolutionary War and his unyielding efforts to
formulate a unified and efficient country. Washington’s intelligence, charisma,
and military experience made him perhaps the most successful and revered
general in United States history.

Aside from his
remarkable accomplishments, Washington’s achievements went beyond the war,
extending to the formation of America and the creation of the United States
Constitution. Although his closest advisers (Thomas Jefferson and Alexander
Hamilton) respectively positioned themselves within the Anti-Federalist and Federalist
factions, George Washington never affiliated himself with a political party.
The first President of the United States believed that political parties would
create stagnation and the creation of opposing sides would impede the
collective goals of the country. 

In regards to
the creation of the Constitution, George Washington must be held separate from
his fellow Founding Fathers. During the Revolution, Washington was busy
fighting and leading armies to victory over British factions. The “Father
of the United States” was tangled in a war, while his fellow intellects
were busy contemplating the future and structure of the United States Government.
That being said, in a popular George Washington biography-The Real George Washington-it
was revealed that the first President was quite skeptical over the creation of
a Constitution. In the George Washington biography, he is quoted as saying,
“I almost despair of seeing a favorable issue to the proceedings of the
convention, and do therefore repent having any agency in the business.”

George Washington’s uneasiness in regards to the
Constitution stemmed from a bipartisan sentiment. The goal of finding
compromise, of pleasing both contrasting parties, seemed beyond arduous.
Washington had similar fears to prominent Anti-Federalist Party members. He
believed that America should be reticent towards the creation of a Federal Government
and avoid similar tyrannous actions imposed by the British Parliament.

Washington
eventually agreed to preside over the Philadelphia Convention in 1787 and
oversee the drafting of the United States Constitution. The first President
felt as though the original Articles of Confederation severely lacked in
finding an appropriate balance of powers. In addition, events such as Shay’s Rebellion
and the crippling effects of war, enlightened George Washington to the need of
a functional and powerful central Government. Through the George Washington
biography, his sentiments over an empowered Federal Government became transparent.

Washington,
who was a general at heart, believed that the army needed proper funding and
stability to perform its critical duties. Washington’s biggest fear was a
nation with a weak heart, one that could be taken over with an effortless
assault. Following the adoption of the Articles of Confederation, George
Washington was viewed as the leader of the newly found America. Due in large
part to his heroic military efforts, he was lauded as an exemplary Republican
and true warrior. Although not intended to join the Constitutional Convention,
Washington was unanimously selected President.

Washington
rarely participated in debates, but as the need for a national President grew,
the delegates of the Constitutional Convention were all aware of the
appropriate choice. George Washington received 100% of the electoral vote and
assumed the role as President in 1789. Immediately upon entering office, his
support and prestige convinced the 13 states to unanimously ratify the American
Constitution.

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