The Importance of Washington

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The Importance of Washington The one person on whom virtually all Americans did agree, however, was George Washington. He had quickly assumed iconic status during the Revolution and his retirement at the war's end cemented his reputation as the model republican servant. At the Constitutional Convention, his reassuring presence had calmed Americans uneasy with government power; his selection as the nation's first president was almost a given. Washington recognized the place he held in the American mind, and fortunately he exercised his influence carefully. He realized that he could set the example for future presidents; he could model the republican statesman. Most every critical decision he made—from his public dress to his decision to retire after a second term— was informed by this consideration. The republican philosophy that guided Washington has lost much of its meaning in modern-day politics. Labels like "republican" and "democrat" have been appropriated and often misused by our political parties. But in 1789, these terms were loaded with more specific meaning. Of these, republicanism was the most important and influential concept. More a political philosophy than a
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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