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  1. Introduction
  2. Early challenges as a President of the US
    1. Establishing precedents
    2. The origins of cabinet
    3. Early legislations
  3. An overview of economic policies during his tenure
  4. An overview of financial policies during his tenure
  5. A study of internal affairs during his tenure
    1. Whiskey rebellion
    2. Emergence of political parties
  6. Foreign policy during his tenure
    1. Relationship with France and Britain
    2. Relationship with Native Americans
  7. Conclusion
  8. References

George Washington, born in 1732 into a Virginia planter family, inherited his famous Mt. Vernon estate at the age of 20, and until the outbreak of the American Revolution managed this estate and associated himself with the Virginia House of Burgesses. He was married to a widow, Martha Dandridge Custis.

George Washington had interest in military arts and explorations since a very early age. He had surveyed the Shenandoah lands for Lord Fairfax when he was 16 years of age. In 1754, he became a Lieutenant colonel and fought in the first skirmishes of what would later become the French and Indian War. Like other nationalists, he resented the exploitation and restrictions fostered by the British and took a leading role in opposing the British policies.

[...] The treaty, concluded in June 1794, while allowing American ships to trade in French West Indies on same terms as British shops did was nevertheless more favorable to Britain, and George Washington got his first major accusation of a sell-out. Relationship with Native Americans One of the major concerns of George Washington's presidency was the Native American issue of the West. He addressed the problems in his first address to the Congress. In 1791, George Washington sent a force to defend settlements north of the Ohio River. [...]

[...] George Washington handled the situation firmly by sending a 12000 strong force that overawed the ?whiskey boys.? The trial of the two leaders of this rebellion found them guilt of treason, but George Washington pardoned them. Origin of political parties Alexander Hamilton promoted industries and a strong central government based on financial trading and speculation, and preferred the wealthy to fund the central government, ignoring the interests of the common man. In 1791 he send a ?Report on Manufacturers? to the Congress arguing that the United States should promote industries over agriculture since industries yielded a higher rate of return than agriculture and would thus make the nation more wealthy. [...]

[...] George Washington, by instituting an efficient system of administration and a strong federal state laid the foundations for a strong, stable, and prosperous state. The eight years of his presidency saw most of the problems of the confederation administration resolved. The credit of the United States remained as strong as that of any nation in Europe, and the early suppression of the Whiskey rebellion showed the might of the new government. REFERENCES Biography of George Washington. The While House Website. [...]

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