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1. Each term that a president serves is four years;
therefore, Washington was president for eight
years, or two terms.
2. George Washington had a group of advisors
called his "cabinet". The following four people
advised Washington about certain issues
concerning the new country.
Thomas Jefferson was the "Secretary of State"
and took care of relations with foreign countries,
coining money and patents.
Edmund Randolph was Attorney General and
represented the country in legal matters.
Henry Knox was the "Secretary of War" and was
in charge of military activities.
Alexander Hamilton was "Secretary of the
Treasury" and was in charge of financial
3. People created stories like these to show how
honest he was. There are also other stories that
demonstrate his intelligence and strength.
4. The White House had not been built yet. John
Adams, the second president, was the first
president to actually live in the White House.
5. A precedent is a past decision that is used as
a model for a later decision. Since there had
been no other presidents, everything
Washington did would set a precedent for the
6. Washington's decision to cross the Delaware
River and attack the British was very smart.
It was a cold, Christmas Eve night and the
British weren't expecting a battle. This allowed
Washington and his army an easy victory. This
strategy was one more indication of
Washington's ability as a leader.
7. The Washington Monument was being built
and the Civil War started. They didn't begin
working on it again until after the war ended
and used stone from a different quarry.
8. George Washington did not want the nation's
capital located in any one particular state
because he felt that it would give that state too
much power. Two states, Virginia and
Maryland, donated land to be used for the new
capital which would later be named for George
9. Washington felt that if he served a third term,
people would begin to view him as a "king".
Since the colonists had fought the American
Revolution to break away from a "king",
Washington didn't want to be viewed as a
king and declined this honor.
10. There are SO MANY reasons that George
Washington is famous. We can't begin to
explain them ALL!!! We have described
just a few. If you would like to share your own
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