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Flexner James Thomas George Washington Little 1967 George Wahington George Washington was one of the founding fathers of the United States of America He served as commander-in-chief of the Continental army during the Revolutionary War and later served as the first president of the United States His thoughts and ideas helped mold the United States into the great country that it is today George Washington was born on February 22 1732 in Westmoreland County Virginia He was the eldest son of Augustine Washington and Mary Ball Washington He received no formal education but he read geography military history agriculture deportment and composition Washington later developed a powerful and convincing style of speech and writing He enjoyed sports and social occasions and he later became a surveyor for landowners on the Virginia frontier George Washington was elected president of the United States in 1789 and in New York City on April 30 1789 he took the oath of office as President of the United States at age 57 He was extremely influential in the initial operation of the new government After the ballot he wrote My movements to the chair of government will be accompanied by feeling not unlike those of a culprit who is going to the place of his execution Washingtons task was to organize a government but also create a role for the highest officer of the new nation Both tasks earned him enemies One of Washingtons first duties of office was establishing a cabinet He appointed Alexander Hamilton secretary of treasury and Thomas Jefferson secretary of state Washington allowed Jefferson to pursue a policy of seeking trade with European nations Hamilton proposed important ideas such as a funded national debt and the creation of
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