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A unanimous decision

February 3, 2013
By MARY BURNS DEAS , The OBSERVER

Inauguration Day for our current president has come and gone marking the continuation of a cycle since the founding of our nation. Go back exactly 224 years ago to Feb. 4, 1789, and what would be seen? Not yet the first inauguration, but a step toward it on the day when General George Washington was unanimously elected the first president. Respected and beloved for leading untrained and inexperienced men against a world power in the fight for independence and again leading during the Constitutional Convention, he was definitely "first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen" as said by his friend Henry Lee at Washington's eulogy.

 
 

 

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