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George Washington: “First in War First in Peace and First in the Hearts of his Countrymen.” “Lighthorse” Harry Lee at Washington’s Funeral.

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2 George Washington: “First in War First in Peace and First in the Hearts of his Countrymen.” “Lighthorse” Harry Lee at Washington’s Funeral

3 George Washington Admired for his character & Admired for his character & leadership. leadership. Commanding “presence”, Commanding “presence”, dignified, graceful. dignified, graceful. An expert horseman. An expert horseman. Very different public & private persona (knew when he was “on stage.”) Very different public & private persona (knew when he was “on stage.”)

4 Was given power but never abused it. Was given power but never abused it. Took no pay for services to his country. Took no pay for services to his country. Knew his place in history, yet had worries and doubts and was nervous about being capable. Knew his place in history, yet had worries and doubts and was nervous about being capable.

5 Appearance 6’2” lbs. 6’2” lbs. Muscular, large hands & feet, long arms and legs, trim waist, large hips. Muscular, large hands & feet, long arms and legs, trim waist, large hips. Large eyes, heavy brow, long face, firm chin, pale skin, red- brown hair, defective teeth. Large eyes, heavy brow, long face, firm chin, pale skin, red- brown hair, defective teeth.

6 Life Before President Commander of Armies Commander of Armies Surveyor Surveyor Born poor and driven to acquire wealth and status throughout his life. Born poor and driven to acquire wealth and status throughout his life. Very concerned with proper manners and behavior, studied hard Very concerned with proper manners and behavior, studied hard Admired his half brother, Lawrence Admired his half brother, Lawrence

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8 Married Martha Custis, a wealthy widow. Married Martha Custis, a wealthy widow. Loved Mt. Vernon (his plantation); wanted to be a gentleman farmer. Loved Mt. Vernon (his plantation); wanted to be a gentleman farmer. Life Before President

9 Plans, Hopes, & Fears Will the people accept me? Will the people accept me? Can I unite the country and make it stable? Can I unite the country and make it stable? Can I keep us out of war with foreign nations? Can I keep us out of war with foreign nations? What exactly is the president’s role? I’m the first and everyone is looking at me to define the role. What exactly is the president’s role? I’m the first and everyone is looking at me to define the role.

10 Inauguration in New York at Federal Hall 57 years old, reluctant (hesitant) to be president. 57 years old, reluctant (hesitant) to be president. On the 8 day trip to New York, there were huge celebrations: parades, etc. as he passed through. On the 8 day trip to New York, there were huge celebrations: parades, etc. as he passed through.

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12 He wore his “made in the U.S.A.” brown suit with white stockings He wore his “made in the U.S.A.” brown suit with white stockings He was nervous- As he stood on the balcony of Federal Hall his knees shook. He was nervous- As he stood on the balcony of Federal Hall his knees shook. He added the words “So help me God” to the president’s oath of office. He added the words “So help me God” to the president’s oath of office.

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