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.
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
sanctions, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 as 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.