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Topic: Leadership (03/14/05)
- TITLE: George Washington
By Nicole Andrews
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The father of our country did more than help write the Constitution
And run our country. Washington first gained public notoriety late in 1753, after volunteering to deliver a message from Gov Robert Dinwiddie of Virginia to the French moving into the Ohio country warning them to quit the territory which had been claimed by the British. While delivering the message, George learned that the French were planning an advance. He hastened back to Virginia where he was commissioned as Lieutenant Curnel by Dinwiddie and he and about 400 troops were sent to reinforce the post ordered by Dinwiddie. The French captured the post before he could reach it, however. In 1759, Washington became a leader in Virginian opposition to the British Colonial policy and served from 1774-75 as a Delegate to the Continental Congress. On June 15, 1775, he was named Commander and Chief of the Continental Forces by John Adams. With Colonial morale at its lowest ebb, he invaded New Jersey. On Christmas Eve of 1776, he crossed The Delaware, defeated the British, and pressed on to Princeton. On Jan 3, 1777, he defeated a second British force. After a new Government was founded, Washington was unanimously voted as America's first President. He took office on Apr 30, 1789 in New York City. Thomas Jefferson became Secretary of State and Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury. Washington was re-elected in 1793, although he was bitterly criticized by Jeffersonians for Jay's Treaty with England.
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