George Washington was the First President of the Unitd States (1789-1797)and commander in chief of the Continental army (1775-1783) at a most critical period in American history. He was one of the most influlential revolutionary leaders of his time and earned the title "Father of His Country." While commander in chief of the Continental army, he won many important battles that helped the Americans defeat the British, then the most powerful nation in the
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unanimously reelected in 1793. During his eight years in office, he laid down the guidelines for future presidents and set many precedents for the future presidency. He declined to serve a third term and retired in 1797 after delivering his "Farewell Address" Washington lived only two years after turning over the presidency to his successor, John Adams. Known as "Father of His Country", Washington is universally regarded as one of the greatest figures in U.S. history.