George Washington's Presidency

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George Washington faced many challenges. Some occurred while leading the colonial army in the Revolutionary War. During the Revolutionary War, George Washington was constantly faced with a lack of supplies and a lack of soldiers. Most of his soldiers had little formal military training. Those who did enlist signed up...

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George Washington faced many challenges. Some occurred while leading the colonial army in the Revolutionary War. During the Revolutionary War, George Washington was constantly faced with a lack of supplies and a lack of soldiers. Most of his soldiers had little formal military training. Those who did enlist signed up for a one-year term of service. Many soldiers deserted when faced with harsh conditions and rough winters. Fortunately, Washington overcame these challenges.

As President after the Constitution was ratified, George Washington also faced challenges. There were people who felt the new government had too much power. People were nervous about Alexander Hamilton’s plan to deal with our debt. Fortunately, a compromise was reached that allowed the federal government to combine the federal debt and the state debt and begin the prices off repaying our debts to others.

George Washington had problems with other countries. Great Britain and Spain were trying to push us around. Great Britain and Spain were encouraging the Native Americans to attack us. They also were interfering with our trade. Many people wanted President Washington to go to war with these countries. President Washington knew that would be a mistake. Instead, treaties were negotiated to try to resolve the issues that existed. Treaties were successfully negotiated reducing the tension for a period of time.

George Washington faced many challenges as a colonial military leader and as President of the United States.

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