- from George Washington
When Washington became the nation’s first president, he had to figure out exactly what his job was.
Americans had just fought a war to rid themselves of a king. They certainly didn’t want another king, but what did they want? Americans decided to have a government by the people and for the people. However, no other nation at that time had such a government. Without the powers of a king, could Washington build a strong national government and unite the 13 states?