George Washington was the leader of the Continental Army, guiding the country to freedom, but his role didn’t end after the Revolutionary War. George Washington was so beloved that he was unanimously voted the first President of the United States. He served for two terms (eight years). He had given almost his entire adult life to his country’s service and was relieved to finally retire from public life. As final advice, he warned of the dangers of party politics (Democrats and Republicans), and urged the country to be self-reliant, steering clear of any permanent alliances with other countries. This was good advice, but from the beginning, few followed it.
Questions and Answers
Question: Was Washington D.C. always the nation’s capital?
Answer: The Continental Congress met in Philadelphia but after the Revolutionary War, leaders needed to choose a capital. Alexander Hamilton and others wanted the capital to be in the north. Thomas Jefferson wanted it to be located near the south. A compromise was agreed to and George Washington chose the exact site for Washington DC. Maryland and Virginia each gave some of their land to form the city, which would be a special place, different from all other states.
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