George Washington's Presidency Outline

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Presidential Outline #1—George Washington I. George Washington (1732-1799) II. President #1 First term—(1789-1793) Second term—(1793- 1797) III. Education and Occupation A. Washington went to a grammar school outside of Fredicksburg. He never received a full education, because his father died. At 16 he helped survey Shenandoah lands for Thomas, Lord Fairfax. Commissioned a lieutenant colonel in 1754, he fought the first skirmishes of what grew into the French and Indian War. B. Washington joined the military and rose to the rank of Colonel. He was then commissioned the commander of the Continental Army. He then retired to private life. Served as chairman of the Constitutional Convention and then elected the first President. After his presidency, he retired to his home at Mt. Vernon in Virginia. IV. Opponents in Elections: A. 1788 1. Federalist—John Adams *Major Issues/ Significance of the Election— Washington ran unopposed. B. 1792 2. Federalist—John Adams *Major Issues/ Significance of the Election— Washington ran unopposed. V. Vice President A. First Term: John Adams B. Second Term: John Adams VI. Major Domestic Issues: A. Judiciary Act (1789)—one of the first laws passed by Congress under the new Constitution. It organized the U.S. Supreme Court and established lower and federal courts throughout the country. B. Bill of Rights (1791)—the first ten amendments of the Constitution were added. C. Mint Act (1792)—regulated coinage and established the national bank in the United States. VII. Major Foreign Policy Issues: A. Neutrality Proclamation (1793) – Washington’s announcement that the United States would not take sides with either France or Great Britain in their ongoing conflict. This was somewhat controversial because of the assistance France provided to the United States during
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