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. After he became President, he
successfully solved many problems in turning the plans of
the Constitution into a working government.
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. John Adams was elected
Vice-President with 34 votes.
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.
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