George Washington Precedents
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What did George Washington know when he took office?
He knew everything he did would set a precedent
What did the French people do in 1789?
They started a revolution. They overthrew the government, executed their king, and attempted to start a democracy
What did other European nations do when the French started a revolution?
They declared war on France; aiming to stamp out the French Revolution and restore a king to the throne
Which European nation led the attack against France?
Who supported England in the war?
The Federalists, led by Alexander Hamilton
Who supported France in the war?
The Republicans, led by Thomas Jefferson
What did people suspect Alexander Hamilton wanted?
A government like England's, with George Washington as the king
How did the Republicans view the European attack on the French Revolution?
As an attack on liberty everywhere
What did the Republicans think we should do, and why?
They thought we should help the French in their struggle for liberty just as the French helped us during our revolution
What did Washington do about the war between England and France?
He issued a Proclamation of Neutrality, saying the US would not favor either side
Why did Washington issue the proclamation of neutrality?
He knew the new nation was too weak to get involved in European affairs. He thought the US should focus on growing stronger at home
What did Washington caution future presidents to avoid when he left office?
"Avoid foreign entanglements"
How many terms did George Washington serve for, and why?
Two terms, and he felt like that was enough
Who was the first president to run for a third term?
Franklin D Roosevelt in 1940
What was the 22nd amendment?
It was called Washington's precedent law, and it limited a President to two terms