George Washington Presidential Outline

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George Washington

I. Background- Birth-February 22, 1723 Death- December 14, 1799
II. Quote- "The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves. . . . The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us no choice but a brave resistance or the most abject submission. We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die." (General orders, July 2, 1776)

III. Prior occupations- Captain and Colonel in Virginia militia Plantation owner/Farmer
Service in the Virginia House of Burgesses
Delegate to the First Continental Congress
General of the American Army
IV. Dates in Office- 1789-1792
1793-1797
V. Prominent issues of elections- Washington was elected unanimously and did not host a campaign VI. Opponents of terms- N/A
VII. Vice President- John Adams
VIII. Political Parties- President- N/A
Congress-
IX. Foreign Policy-
* Washington’s Proclamation of Neutrality (1793) says that the United States will remain neutral in the series of wars between the French and English as a result of the French Revolution. This proclamation was not viewed favorably by the American people who despised the British and thought that the United States should help the French in hopes of prolonging the Franco-American Alliance. Washington issued this proclamation in spite of these arguments because he saw that remaining neutral in European conflicts as the only way to insure the continuance of the United States. * The Genet Affair (1793) was a series of problems that the French emissary Edmund Charles Genet caused while in the United States. Genet immediately started to drum up support for the French from among the American people, especially where the Republican-Democrats were influential. Genet even went as far as to outfit...
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