7 Early US Presidents to Remember on Presidents' Day ...

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In its relatively short history the United States has had 44 presidents, and it is the early US presidents like George Washington who were traditionally celebrated on Presidents' Day.2

In fact, Presidents' Day was actually celebrated as Washington’s Birthday until 1971, when the federal government decided to celebrate the day as Presidents' Day.

This year, Presidents' Day falls on February 17, and it is a great day to learn about the history of the early US presidents.

1. George Washington

George Washington

Prior to becoming the first US president, Washington led the US to victory in the Revolutionary War.

He had become Commander in Chief of the Continental Army in 1775, and in 1781 forced General Cornwallis to surrender with the help of the French.2

When the Constitution was ratified in 1787, Washington was elected as the nation’s first president and held the position from 1789 to 1797.

Interestingly, in his farewell address Washington advised against extreme partisanship and long-term foreign alliances.

Obviously, this advice has not been followed, which some would argue has had detrimental consequences.

While Washington was certainly a great president, there are other early US presidents to take note of.

John Adams
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