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On this day in 1789 the leading general of the War of Independence and one of the framers of the Constitution, George Washington, was inaugurated first President of the United States on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City. He was unanimously chosen President by the Electoral College and the runner-up, John Adams, became Vice President. At his inauguration, Washington set the first of many precedents in making an inaugural address. In office, he created a stable and strong national government with a cabinet system and ensured neutrality in the European wars. Washington was re-elected in 1792 but stepped down after two terms, thus setting the precedent that Presidents usually served two terms (this became part of the Constitution with the 22nd Amendment in 1951). Washington is still considered one of the greatest, if not the greatest, President in history for his systematic, effective and thoughtful leadership.
“Long live George Washington, President of the United States!” - New York Chancellor Livingston upon swearing in the President
Yes, my name means beauty. Yes, my name is Gemal in Egypt and Cemal in Turkey. In Kosovo Xhemal, and Dzemal in Bosnia. What it means, in the language you fear, is beauty has always lived with the sound of awe at its center.