George Washington was respected and praised not only because of his role in the war of independence, but also because he seemed to be someone who did not want political power for himself.
SIX months before the election, he announced that he would refuse the presidency for a third term. George Washington’s decision—as the first leader of the United States—is an important part of the early history of the country, a republic then still seeking its shape. Today, this event in 1796 shows how fortunate the United States was to get good capital for its complicated future.
Seven years earlier, in late Ap...