American Presidents

More about George Washington

  • In 1794, based largely on Alexander Hamilton's advice, Washington summoned the U.S. militia to suppress the Whiskey Insurrection which erupted after Congress imposed taxes on distillers. Concialitory resolutions were agreed to and force was not employed.
  • After her husband's death, Martha Washington burned all letters to retain privacy.
  • At the time Washington was elected, there were 7 states and the population was almost 4 million.
  • "As the sword was the last resort for the preservation of our liberties, so it ought to be the first to be laid aside when those liberties are firmly established."

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