Overview of George Washington's Administration
In February, 1789,
members of the first Electoral College met in
their own states and voted. Washington was
elected President with 69 votes -- the largest
number possible -- from the 69 electors. John
Adams was elected Vice-President with 34 votes.
Washington: A Chronology of His Life and Career
George Washington lived
an exciting life in exciting times. As a boy, he
explored the wilderness. When he grew older, he
helped the British fight the French and Indians.
As a general, he suffered hardships with his
troops. He lost many battles, but led the
American army to final victory at Yorktown,
Virginia. After he became President, he
successfully solved many problems in turning the
plans of the Constitution into a working
Vernon The beloved home of George
Washington, Mount Vernon was once a model of
scientific farming and self-sufficiency. Allowed
to gradually fall into disrepair after his death,
it was saved from ruin by the Mount Vernon
Ladies' Association, which has operated the
estate without federal funding since 1860.
|The Whiskey Rebellion
was the first true test of federal authority. It
began when Congress levied an excise tax on
whiskey and other distilled spirits produced in
the United States, and ended after George
Washington became the only sitting President to
personally lead troops in the field.
officially known as the Treaty of Amity,
Commerce, and Navigation, was an attempt to
settle disputes dating back to the Revolutionary
War. It did not, however, actually settle much of
anything, and did not end tensions between the
United States and Great Britain.
|Edmond Charles Genet
came to the United States in 1793 with
instructions from the French government to enlist
American help in France's war against Great
Britain. Although well liked by the general
populace, he was coolly received officially.
|Martha Dandridge Custis
Washington endured the harsh winter
of 1777-78 with her husband, George Washington,
and his men at Valley Forge. In 1789, she became
our nation's first First Lady, a role which she
did not enjoy but nevertheless handled with
dignity and grace.