American Presidents and Their Military Experience

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American presidents and their military experience Robert Crummett Grantham University Abstract I will be discussing some information about the military background of four of our past presidents. The presidents I have chosen to include are: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Dwight Eisenhower, and John F. Kennedy. I will be discussing the branch they served in, the highest rank they achieved, and the wars and battles they fought in. How this helped them with getting elected and performing the duties of Commander-in-Chief will also be discussed. The first president I would like to address is also the first president of the United States, George Washington. President Washington was a senior officer during the French and Indian War. Another rank he held was as the commander-in-chief of the Colonial army during the Revolutionary War. He was chosen for this position by the Second Continental Congress. Under his command soldiers captured the cities of Saratoga in 1777 and Yorktown in 1781. After he and his forces crossed the Delaware River he retook New Jersey. His military experience gained him the privilege of being unanimously elected by the electors in 1788. His military experience helped with the way he ran the country by having first-hand knowledge of the weaknesses of the early American government and the struggles faced by the military of that time. The second president I would like to discuss is Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln served as a Captain of the Illinois Militia during the Blackhawk War. He had little military experience but, was leader during the American Civil War. Having military experience allowed him to better outfit the troops and provide more informed leadership skills. Using his experience, he knew that the rebellion needed to be ended quickly and implemented blockades to hurt the enemy, knowing they could not fight without supplies. He

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