The first president of the United States, George Washington, served two terms in office that spanned from 1789 to 1797. The Electoral College unanimously elected him to the office, and his inauguration took place at New York's Federal Hall on Wall Street.
As commander in chief of the colonial forces during the American Revolution, George Washington displayed an ability to lead on which his colleagues and fellow Americans learned to depend. Compelled to get his new nation get off to the right start, he took responsibility for setting a proper example during his presidency. He tried to quell the early seeds of political partisanship and sought to take a neutral stand in foreign affairs. He refused efforts to convince him to seek a third term and was succeeded in 1797 by his vice president, John Adams.