How did George Washington help shape a new nation?

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George Washington rose through the ranks in the military. He served in various engagements and managed to lead his troops to victory or successful retreats.  His leadership skills and resilience made him stand out, leading him to assume the position of the first President of the United States of America. Washington actively participated in the Revolutionary War and played an important role in its success.

Washington stood firm against the divisive party politics that marred the country post-revolution. He emphasized his role as a benevolent president for all citizens. He supported the authority of the federal government and sought to support it as an institution. He emphasized the United States’ neutrality in the face of diplomatic issues between France and England. His strategy was informed by the need to shape the country as a nation focused on its own interests. His decisive but peaceable nature helped shape and stabilize the young nation that at the time faced considerable challenges associated with inherent public differences.