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60-Second Presidents: George Washington

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(Describer) Title: Sixty Second Presidents: George Washington.

[band plays "Hail to the Chief"]

(female narrator) George Washington was born on his dad's Virginia plantation in 1732. Famous for fighting the British in the French and Indian War, he got mega-rich by marrying landowner Martha Custis. To this day, George had the most Benjamins of any president, and the most slaves. Leading the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War made him a hero, and leading the Constitutional Convention in 1787 made him legendary. When the country needed a respectable first president in 1789, George was the obvious choice. As our first president, he established many precedents. He created the federal court system, the first cabinet, helped pass the Bill of Rights, and he chose the title "Mr. President." He always looked serious because of his dentures. Most importantly, he retired in 1797, showing our future leaders that presidents weren't kings. Sadly, George died on his Virginia plantation only two years after retiring. He didn't leave behind any children, but he did leave a functioning democracy with 241 towns, 26 cities, five mountains, and a state named after him.

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[band plays "Hail to the Chief"]

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As far as presidents go, none set more precedents than George Washington. Students explore his leadership of the Continental Army and his commitment to founding a strong nation. Part of the "60-Second Presidents" series.

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Runtime: 2 minutes

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