How did George Washington make an impact?

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George Washington served as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. After the war ended, Washington was elected to preside over the Constitutional Convention where, along with the other Founding Fathers of our country, he participated in drafting the Constitution of the United States. In 1789, he was elected to serve as the first President of the United States of America. Washington served two terms as president with his second term ending in 1797.

As the first President of the United States, Washington created a path along which others would follow. For example, despite the fact that during his presidency the Constitution did not set a limit to the number of terms that a president could serve, Washington did not choose to run for a third term. Subsequent presidents followed suit by serving only two terms until 1940 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected for a third term. The tradition of only serving two terms was written in the Constitution in the 22nd Amendment.

Washington would set many more precedents during his term as president. For example, he often relied on counsel from heads of departments, which set a precedent for the president choosing his own cabinet members. Washington also practiced executive restraint by not vetoing legislation that may have conflicted with his own beliefs. In his farewell address, he cautioned against foreign involvement in domestic affairs. This philosophy remained unchanged for the next century.

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