Who Were the First Few Presidents of the United States?


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Some of the first presidents of the United States include George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. At the time of inauguration, all of the first three presidents were over the age of 55.

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George Washington was born in Westmoreland, Virginia, and served as the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797. He helped form a more unified country and started the chain of command for what the office of the president's duties would be. At the time, there was no limit on how many terms a president could serve, but Washington chose to not run past his second term in office.

Born in Braintree, Massachusetts, John Adams was the first president to live in the White House. Holding the position from 1797 to 1901, Adams' staunch advocacy of the Alien and Sedition Acts hurt his reputation and popularity, and he lost a bid for re-election to Thomas Jefferson.

After defeating John Adams, Thomas Jefferson served as president from 1801 to 1809. Born in Albemarle, Virginia, Jefferson is still believed to be one of the most intelligent presidents in history. He wrote the Declaration of Independence, was an architect, scientist and farmer, and founded the University of Virginia. Thomas Jefferson also obtained and approved the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, which practically doubled the size of the United States.

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