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Following his election as president in 1789, he worked to unify rival factions in the fledgling nation.He supported Alexander Hamilton's programs to satisfy all debts, federal and state, established a permanent seat of government, implemented an effective tax system, and created a national bank.Washington's Farewell Address was an influential primer on civic virtue, warning against partisanship, sectionalism, and involvement in foreign wars.He retired from the presidency in 1797, returning to his home and plantation at Mount Vernon.In his youth, he became a senior officer in the colonial militia during the first stages of the French and Indian War.In 1775, the Second Continental Congress commissioned him as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army in the American Revolution.Lawrence Washington inherited another family property from his father, a plantation on the Potomac River at Little Hunting Creek which he named Mount Vernon in honor of his commanding officer Vice Admiral Edward Vernon.George inherited Ferry Farm upon his father's death and eventually acquired Mount Vernon after Lawrence's death.
He oversaw the creation of a strong, well-financed national government that maintained neutrality in the French Revolutionary Wars, suppressed the Whiskey Rebellion, and won wide acceptance amongst Americans.
In that command, Washington forced the British out of Boston in 1776 but was defeated and nearly captured later that year when he lost New York City.
After crossing the Delaware River in the middle of winter, he defeated the British in two battles (Trenton and Princeton), retook New Jersey, and restored momentum to the Patriot cause.
The death of his father prevented Washington from an education at England's Appleby School such as his older brothers had received.
He achieved the equivalent of an elementary school education from a variety of tutors, as well as from a school run by an Anglican clergyman in or near Fredericksburg.