SEARCHING FOR STABILITY • it was Washington who guided the nation through the troubled waters that followed the Revolutionary War. • He did so through the strength of his personality. • he surrounded himself with capable leaders such as Jefferson and Hamilton, but he kept the country together and helped establish financial stability because the people viewed him as a dependable leader who would meet the issues of the day in a realistic fashion. • His critics referred to him as “King George,” but Washington proved the hollowness of that charge when he willingly surrendered his “crown” after two terms in office. • This very act became a precedent for future presidents, which was not broken until the era of Franklin D. Roosevelt. • Washington was not a brilliant man when it came to the art of politics, but he was astute in his selection of Hamilton to handle economic affairs and Jefferson to guide the affairs of state. • Hamilton was a financial genius who saw the importance of giving the general public an economic stake
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