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George Washington’s Precedents. Precedents showing Washington’s Character . Added “So help me God” to the oath of office Every president since Washington has added this phrase to the oath since he did as the first president Decided to be called “Mr. President” - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


George Washingtons Precedents

George Washingtons Precedents

Precedents showing Washingtons Character Added So help me God to the oath of office Every president since Washington has added this phrase to the oath since he did as the first presidentDecided to be called Mr. President Does not want Your Highness, Your Greatness, etc.

The Oath of OfficeI do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.Article II, Section 1, United States ConstitutionWashington added So help me God to the end

Government Location Compromise between Washingtons cabinet and congressional leaders Absorb states debt if capital is movedSouth capital moved from New York City to a more neutral locationFor Hamilton to get his national debt plan to absorb states debt approved he needed the South to agree Washington chose land in both Maryland and Virginia (later named Washington, DC) He owned some of the land Wasnt moved to DC until Adams Presidency; in Philadelphia until then

Executive DepartmentCreated the common practice of cabinet positions within the executive department in order to lead with the support of advisors President could not possibly know everythingSurrounded himself with the best advisorsMeet regularly with advisors to discuss issues Washingtons Cabinet Vice President- John Adams Sec. of Treasury- Alexander Hamilton Sec. of State- Thomas Jefferson Sec. of War- Henry Knox Postmaster General- Samuel Osgood

Federal Court SystemConstitution set up the basics Judiciary Act of 1789 Washington helped pass and implementAct created and federal district level courts, established hierarchy and flow between court levels, state and federal Appointed judges to fill these courts

NeutralityAmericans would not get involved in foreign affairs unless a direct attack to the United States occurred Mostly followed until WWI Established strong trade relationships between Great Britain and France

Two Term Presidency Limit himself to two terms as president Create change in leadership at least every 8 years Nothing officially keeping president from serving more terms until 22nd amendment, after FDRs 4 terms in office


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