George Washington (February 22, 1732 (N.S.) – December 14, 1799) was an American political leader, military general, statesman, and founding father who served as the first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797. Previously, he led Patriot forces to victory in the nation's War for Independence. He presided at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, which established the U.S. Constitution
and a federal government. Washington has been called the "Father of His Country" for his manifold leadership in the formative days of the new nation.
Washington received his initial military training and command with the Virginia Regiment during the French and Indian War. He was later elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses and was named a delegate to the Continental Congress, where he was appointed Commanding General of the Continental Army. He commanded American forces, allied with France, in the defeat and surrender of the British during the Siege of Yorktown. He resigned his commission after the Treaty of Paris in 1783.
Washington played a key role in adopting and ratifying the Constitution and was then elected president (twice) by the Electoral College. He implemented a strong, well-financed national government while remaining impartial in a fierce rivalry between cabinet members Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. During the French Revolution, he proclaimed a policy of neutrality while sanctioning the Jay Treaty. He set enduring precedents for the office of president, including the title "Mr. President", and his Farewell Address is widely regarded as a pre-eminent statement on republicanism.
Washington owned slaves, and, in order to preserve national unity, he supported measures passed by Congress to protect slavery. He later became troubled with the institution of slavery and freed his slaves in a 1799 will. He endeavored to assimilate Native Americans into Anglo-American culture but combated indigenous resistance during occasions of violent conflict. He was a member of the Anglican Church and the Freemasons, and he urged broad religious freedom in his roles as general and president. Upon his death, he was eulogized as "first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen". He has been memorialized by monuments, art, geographical locations, stamps, and currency, and many scholars and polls rank him among the greatest U.S. presidents.

View More On
  1. sagia308

    me and S&W sdve 9mm first shots 137 yards rough rider hit bottle /275 yards 308 hits plate

    S&w 9mm did ok for a stock trigger and 308 still somewhat squrealy
  2. M

    My first Sharps rifle

    Just purchased my first Sharps rifle. As a pretty diehard Ballard and Rolling Block collector/shooter, I never contemplated a Sharps. But this rifle was offered to me and after examining it closely, I discovered the restoration was done on a Freund Bros. marked action! It has the Freund upgrades...

    Considering my first Electric Vehicle.
  4. gmerkt

    My first trip to Sportsman's Warehouse in two years

    In Everett, Wash. Things had changed a bit. Primers and powder are all kept behind the counter now. There is a limit of 2 trays of 100 primers per customer. They didn't have many sizes, prices were about $6 to $8 per 100. Plus sales tax, of course. I guess I'm in favor of the quantity...
  5. lesnessman

    Long time listener first time caller

    Hello. I’ve lurked for some time and have now signed up so am saying hi. Native Oregonian, like guns, long walks on the beach, etc. Appreciate the civil tone and depth of knowledge. Cheers.
  6. D

    Hello, first post despite lurking for awhile

    Posting for verification purposes mostly. I found this group some time ago. In addition to firearms my interests include boating and blacksmithing. I own a few firearms and am looking to add a more, particularly a single stack Sig if anyone has one to sell. Thanks, Derek
  7. tac

    Swiss Products - New Over-Bore Scope mount - first outing.

    Well, Folks, here it is. 1944-build K31 in 7.5x55v Swiss with an old Weaver scope and Swiss Products of Kalispell MT's latest baby - the Over-Bore Mount [aka OBM]. Priced at $145.00 and totally Made in America. See SP's website for details. There is also some special deal going if you...
  8. titsonritz

    The first U.S. Navy destroyer to be sunk in American history has been found by divers off the coast of England.

    The ship, the Jacob Jones, was a Tucker-class destroyer that was sunk on December 6, 1917, after being struck by a torpedo while traveling to Ireland from France. The Jacob Jones, under the command of David W. Bagley, was hit by a torpedo from a German submarine while traveling from Brest...
  9. BlueRibbonHW

    First Time Rattle Can AR

    Decided to do my first rattle can job on an AR. A couple imperfections, but I'm pretty happy with it. Proably won't be able to tell after a few trips to the woods. What do you think, how did I do for a rookie? Edited, auto correct errors.
  10. RedRover

    City of Houston calls first annual gun buyback event a success

    Looks like this guy's got it all figured out, heh...
  11. jmguns

    First timer introduction

    Hello all, My name is Jason, just an average enthusiast with fundamentals founded under god and family. God bless America and what the flag truly stands for.
  12. Aero Denezol

    House committee approves first assault weapons ban bill in decades

    I just saw this today... What are the odds of it making it to Brandon's desk?
  13. Koda

    First ladder test

    Loading for a new cartridge you look up published load data and there is a min and max charge weight. Is there any compelling reason to always start at the very bottom for a cartridge you havent reloaded for yet? Just for fun a pic of a fly messing with my charge last weekend....
  14. arakboss

    Why did this pop up occur? First time I've seen it.

    My post was made in the stock market on fire thread.
  15. sagia308

    Mauser 1915 Sporter first shots in 50 years at 260 yd cuts plate and two

    Wow it likes 175 and 180 grain can't tell which one's the best
Back Top