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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

Should George washington be considered a president?

I was reading alot about him, he wasn't elected, nobody fought against him. should he be considered a president, i think he's more like a king

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Well...now wait a minute. While it's certainly true that nobody ran against him, but he WAS elected. He was elected unanimously, but that doesn't make the election any less real. It's also true that he could have chosen to serve for life with very little if any opposition. He chose to set a democratic precedence for the country he had helped to build and helped to make independent.

    Moreover, as the first executive officer of the government created by the new Constitution of the United States, he was, inarguably, the first President. No matter how he arrived at that post, he was President. Was Gerald Ford President, or not? Look at how he ended up in that post. Still, even though he was nev er elected to a national seat, he was, nonetheless, President of the United States.

  • 1 decade ago

    Correction, Washington was elected unanimously by his peers - - - and in fact many Kings get into office in the just the same fashion - - - but quibbling aside, yes George Washington WAS a President - - - He took an oath of Office, pledging to serve a Four Year Term, was talked into taking on a second term, and declined a third term, retiring to private life.

    And behind the scenes the Sainted Thomas Jefferson fought furiously against Washington doing all that he could to undermine Washington's administration.

    And more to the point, Washington rejected the notion of being annointed King and as stated Washington retired from Office something that Kings rarely do.

    Peace/\/\/\/\/

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Two things about kings-- they hold power for life, and their position passes automatically to their heirs (usually the first-born son). Washington was elected and served two terms. He was urged to run for election for a third term, and would have probably won easily, but he refused.

    His model was the Roman Cincinatus, who was a Roman farmer during the Republican Era, who during a time of war became Roman Consul, and following their victory in the war, returned to his farming.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes He was elected twice. Just Nobody ran against Washington. So he won by default.

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  • 1 decade ago

    the first electoral college unanimously elected washington president on feb. 4th 1789; then again on feb. 13th 1793.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    some people wanted him to be king, he declined.

  • 1 decade ago

    yes

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