He also represented Virginia as a delegate in the Frist and Second Continental Congresses. Washington arrived to Massachusetts in July of 1775 to take command of very poorly trained troops in a war. George was a very good leader in the army as he forced General Cornwallis to surrender in the battle of Yorktown during the Revolutionary War, which was a major turning point. After his great deal of work for the colonies he was unanimously elected to serve as the presiding officer over the Constitutional Convention that wrote the Constitution of the States. He then became the first president of the United States serving two terms between 1789-1797.Entry 9The bill of Rights also known as the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution was a very important milestone in history. These particular amendments give a number of personal freedoms, limit the governments’ power in judicial proceedings and others, and reserve powers to the public and states. The Billof Rights list and explains freedoms not mentioned in the main body of the Constitution. The first 10 amendments consisted of freedoms such as freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and free assembly; freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, the right to keep and bear arms, and freedom fromwarrants issued without probable cause; indictment by a grand juryfor any crime, a speedy, trial by jury; and prohibition of double jeopardy. The Virginia Declaration of Rights, the Magna Carta, and the English Bill of Rights 1689 influenced the Bill heavily.
Entry 10John Adams served as the second president of the United States. Before his term as President, John was the first vice president and a Founding Father he also practiced law in Boston. Adams promoted republicanism and a strong central government. Hewas apart of the Second Continental Congress that worked on the Declaration of Independence and one of the only two presidents to ever sign it. During his Presidency Adams’ managed to keep the United States out of war with France and England. John was also the first U.S president to live in the white House. In 1800, Adams lost re-election to Thomas Jefferson, and he later retired in Massachusetts and started the Adams political family with his wife. John’s son John Quincy would soon become the sixth President of the United States.