George Washington: "Follow the Leader"
Why were Washington's actions as President so important for the future of the United States?
First President of the United States-George Washington
Washington was inaugurated (sworn in) on April 30, 1789.
As the first President, Washington would set an example for future Presidents.
precedent-an act or decision that sets an example for others to follow.
Examples of Precedents set by Washington
1. The President serves for no more than 2 terms.
2. Cabinet-leaders of departments that help the President to lead the nation-give the President advice
Secretary of State-Thomas Jefferson
Secretary of Treasury-Alexander Hamilton
Secretary of War-Henry Knox
Post Master General-Samuel Osgood
Attorney General-Edmund Randolph
3. The Policy of Neutrality-the United States would make every effort to remain neutral in issues between other countries.