American Presidents: George Washington
As a young man, he proved his worth on the field of battle during the French and Indian War. When the Revolutionary War began, George Washington was elected Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. After six long years of battle, America won her independence from Britain, and Washington was unanimously chosen to lead the new nation. On April 30, 1789, he took the oath of office of the first President of the United States. During his two terms in office, he was a stunning example of honor and integrity, and set many precedents that are still followed today. He is fondly remembered as, "First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen."