Perception Of George Washington Influenced A Nation

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How the Perception of George Washington Influenced a Nation
Often referred to as the “Father of Our Country,” George Washington (1732-1799) is regarded as one of the most prominent figures in the early history of the United States of America and a hero of the Revolutionary War. Honest, humble, noble, farmer, commander-in-chief - all words still used this day to describe our country’s first President. After eight years of war fighting for freedom from British tyranny and corruption, the American colonists were ready for peace, an organized government system, and strong leadership in their new-found freedom and as an independent nation. During the American Revolution (1775-1783), Washington worked his way through the
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Weems was a very flamboyant and imaginative writer and in the early 1800’s published the biography titled “The Life of George Washington” which may or may not have promoted the public’s image of Washington. Weems embellished stories of Washington’s life and even “created” a few tales such as the infamous “Cherry Tree” story to foster Washington’s character. While the majority of the population regarded George Washington as a noble man and a great leader, political activist, Thomas Paine was not so swayed. In 1796, he published a “bitter open Letter to George Washington, personally attacking him as an incompetent general and elitist president (Writings of Paine).” Paine had accused Washington as being a conspirator to his arrest in France and not coming to his aid. Despite Paine’s attempt to assassinate Washington’s character, it remained mostly …show more content…
An example of this is that “Congress did not challenge any of Washington’s cabinet appointments due to his popularity. This established the principle that Presidents will automatically have their appointments approved” ( Washington worked hard to be the people’s president and set good examples of fairness, judgment, and integrity,

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