Presidency of George Washington
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1st President of the United States
In office
April 30, 1789 – March 4, 1797
(7 years, 10 months and 2 days)
Vice President John Adams
Preceded by (New office)
Succeeded by John Adams
Personal details
Born (1732-02-22)February 22, 1732
Westmoreland County, Virginia
British America
Died December 14, 1799(1799-12-14) (aged 67)
Mount Vernon, Virginia
Spouse(s) Martha Dandridge Custis Washington
Religion Episcopalian
Signature George Washington signature.png

With Washington's inauguration on April 30, 1789, the presidency of George Washington continued George Washington's significant leadership role over the United States.


President Washington entered office with the full support of the national and state leadership, and established the executive and judicial branches of the federal government of the United States. His leadership guaranteed the survival of the United States as a powerful and independent nation, and set the standard for future presidents.

The Electoral College electors, which were chosen by the state legislatures, elected Washington unanimously in 1789, and again in the 1792 election. John Adams was elected vice president. Washington took the oath of office as the first President under the Constitution for the United States of America on April 30, 1789, at Federal Hall in New York City although, at first, he had not wanted the position.

Washington proved an able administrator. An excellent delegator and judge of talent and character, he held regular cabinet meetings to debate issues before making a final decision. In handling routine tasks, he was "systematic, orderly, energetic, solicitous of the opinion of others but decisive, intent upon general goals and the consistency of particular actions with them."

Washington reluctantly served a second term as president. He refused to run for a third, establishing the customary policy of a maximum of two terms for a president, which later became law by the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution.

Political offices

Preceded by
President of the United States
April 30, 1789–March 4, 1797
Succeeded by
John Adams