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Presidents 1-2 - American History Lesson #1


Lesson #1 in GSW's A Lesson in American History Series, where we share bite-sized information on the history of each U.S. President. This series is a campaign to raise awareness about the need to protect our American way of life. Check out this post for our introduction.

George Washington (1789-1797)

George Washington became the first president of the United States on April 30, 1789. He wrote, "As the first of every thing, in our situation will serve to establish a Precedent, it is devoutly wished on my part, that these precedents may be fixed on true principles." During the French Revolution, he refused to choose sides between the emerging pro-French or pro-British sides. He insisted that the U.S. not become divided by parties. (Source)

John Adams (1797-1801)

John Adams was elected as the second president of the U.S. in 1796. He served during the war between the French and British, where partisanship was growing strongly within the country. Upon arriving at the White House before the election on November 1, 1800, he wrote to his wife, "Before I end my letter, I pray Heaven to bestow the best of Blessings on this House and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise Men ever rule under this roof." (Source

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