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George Washington

George Washington was the first president of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, and presided over the Constitutional Convention of 1787. After the Constitution was ratified, George Washington was unanimously elected to serve as president—twice—the only president in American history ever to receive all possible Electoral College votes.

Madison understood what Staurt Leiberger argues that "Washington's participation was indispensable to the convention's success because it guaranteed a large turnout of dedicated men and added legitimacy." Before coming to the convention, Washington realized that reforming the Articles of Confederation would not be enough, and Washington was able to rely on Madison's friendship to exchange ideas.  Washington arrived in Philadelphia on May 13, and he worked with his fellow Virginia delegates on the Virginia Plan.


Annotated by bacraig on May 26, 2014