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George Washington Biography

Title:
Founding Father and First President of the United States
Position:
None Found to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

No position found as of Mar. 14, 2008

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with JD's, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to government and constitutional law. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to government and constitutional law.
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
Education:
  • None found
Other:
  • 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.