George Washington is best known for setting the precedent of a two-term limit for American presidents, but he created other patterns later presidents followed as well. For example, he carefully organized his day so he could fulfill all the roles he had as President, and he created the precedent for presidents governing from an office at their homes as well as from the White House.Continue Reading
As the United States of America's first president, George Washington was conscious that his actions would set the precedent for all his successors. For this reason, he was careful to correct what he believed were earlier mistakes by the presidents of the Confederation Congress, the interim governing body of the rebelling colonies. He started by banning social visits from the first part of the Presidential day, according to the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association website. Business and meetings involving governance came first, during which he met with his cabinet heads, creating another precedent. Diplomatic visits and social events were held only in the afternoons and evenings. When he chose to return to Mount Vernon for periodic extended stays, Washington also made it acceptable for presidents to retreat to their homes and govern.
Because, as he stated, America needed a president and not a king, he insisted on the simple honorific "Mr. President" instead of more flowery terms like "Your Excellency" or "His Highness, the Protector of Our Liberties." This was the same reason he gave for choosing to retire at the end of only two terms, though his supporters were anxious for him to run again. Only in the 1940s, after Franklin Delano Roosevelt died during his fourth term, was this tradition enshrined in law.Learn more about US History
Washington was elected president in a unanimous vote held by the newly formed Electoral College; he took his oath of office in 1789 and established various precedents that would remain influential for future presidents. Washington was so beloved after his leadership of the Continental Army during the American Revolution that his installment as president was seen as inevitable.Full Answer >
George Washington is buried at a national monument known as The Tombs. The burial tomb is located at 3200 Mt. Vernon Memorial Highway, Mt. Vernon, VA 22121.Full Answer >
George Washington Carver died of complications after a fall in his home on Jan. 5, 1943, according to A&E's Biography. The scientist was 78 years old at the time of his death.Full Answer >
George Washington Carver, an African-American inventor working for the Tuskeegee Institute, used an extract derived from sweet potatoes to make glues for postage stamps and other paper products. He became the father of modern agricultural chemistry.Full Answer >