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inauguration of George Washington

George Washington's Administration, 1789-1797

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George Washington: A Chronology of His Life and Career
George 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.
An Overview of George Washington's Administration
An 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. John Adams was elected Vice-President with 34 votes.
Mount Vernon
Mount 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.
Whiskey Rebellion
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.
Jay's Treaty
Jay's Treaty
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
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 Washington
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.
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