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Washington: The Man
National Mall and Memorial Parks
"He was, indeed, in every sense of the words, a wise, a good, and a great man."
-- Thomas Jefferson, January 2, 1814
George Washington shaped the United States in both war and peace. He led the Continental Army against the British in the American Revolution. After eight long years, his small force defeated the world's strongest military. The new nation looked to Washington as a unifying figure, electing him the first President of the United States of America. Washington helped define the presidency by leaving office after two terms, setting the precedent of a peaceful transition of power.