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Experts JD's (lawyers), US Presidents, federal appellate opinions, US Founding Fathers, Members of Congress, members of state legislative bodies with significant involvement in, or related to, the "under God" conflict and/or government and constitutional law, and those with PhD's in government, constitutional law or other relevant fields. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Honorary LLD degree, Brown University, 1790
Honorary LLD degree, Washington College, 1789
Sworn in as First President of the United States Apr. 30, 1789
Delegate to the Constitutional Convention. One of the signers of the U.S. Constitution, 1787-1789
Honorary LLD degree, University of Pennsylvania, 1783
Forced the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown, 1781
Honorary LLD degree, Yale University, 1781
Honorary LLD degree, Harvard, 1776
Served in the Virginia House of Burgesses while managing his lands, 1759-1776
Elected by the 2nd Cont. Congress as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, June 15, 1775
Delegate to the 2nd Continental Congress, 1775
Commissioned as a lieutenant colonel, fought in the French and Indian War, 1754
Helped survey Shenandoah lands for Thomas, Lord Fairfax, 1748
Born in 1732 into a Virginia planter family. At 16 he helped survey Shenandoah lands for Thomas, Lord Fairfax. Commissioned a lieutenant colonel in 1754, he fought the first skirmishes of what grew into the French and Indian War. From the White House website biography of President Washington:
"To his disappointment, two parties were developing by the end of his first term. Wearied of politics, feeling old, he retired at the end of his second. In his Farewell Address, he urged his countrymen to forswear excessive party spirit and geographical distinctions. In foreign affairs, he warned against long-term alliances.
Washington enjoyed less than three years of retirement at Mount Vernon, for he died of a throat infection December 14, 1799. For months the Nation mourned him."