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George Washington understood that, as the nation’s first president (the only president to be elected by the unanimous vote of the Electoral College), he had been entrusted to set the course for the future growth and success of the infant nation.  During his eight years in office, Washington deftly steered clear of the many dangers then threatening the country.

Washington may not have been a thinker on par with James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, but his character, judgment, and patriotism were unparalleled.  After his death in 1799, Washington was famously eulogized by Congress:  ‘First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen.’