The Role of George Washington Comparison Essay by Nicky

A comparison and contrast of the presidencies of Washington, Jefferson and Jackson.
# 149846 | 805 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 03, 2012 in History (Leaders) , History (U.S. Presidency)

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The paper discusses how George Washington gave his blood, sweat and tears in the battlefields for the nation before taking on the American presidency, while the two latter presidents, Jefferson and Jackson, led privileged lives for most of their years. The paper describes Washington's strong central government stance, and how he began the quest for American freedom, and contends that succeeding presidencies only improved on what he left behind.

George Washington: The Beginnings
The Presidency of Washington

From the Paper:

"Taking office (Apr. 30, 1789) in New York City, Washington acted carefully and deliberately, aware of the need to build an executive structure that could accommodate future presidents (Ramsay, 2009). In doing so, Washington afforded the succeeding presidents a strong executive body that paved the way for a distinct separation of the legislative and the judicial bodies. Again, without Washington seeing the need for a strong executive body, there would have been no body that would oversee the realization of "all men being created equal."
"From Washington's strong central government stance, the succeeding presidencies follow suit. There was a domino effect where one presidency inherited something from the previous ones. For Jackson, he claimed not only the Jefferson image, but he inherited the dilemma that Jefferson confronted during his two terms as well: how to reconcile his opposition rhetoric and principles with the tough choices--and compromises--that the office demands (Moulton, 2007).
"With what Washington started out, the strong federal government became a rallying point to ensure that men are created equal - even though it is more of an ideal because slavery was in vogue still during the three presidents' terms. To show how important Washington is in the eyes of the nation, for months the Nation mourned him after his death (The White House, 2009)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Finseth, Ian. An Image Through Time: The Jefferson and Jackson Years. 06 Sept. 2004. American Studies at the University of Virginia. 08 Aug. 2009. <>.
  • Moulton, Kelly. Andrew Jackson Claims the Jefferson Image. 2007. 08 Aug. 2009. <>.
  • Ramsay, David. "The Life of George Washington." Archiving Early America. 2009. 08 Aug. 2009. <>.
  • The White House. The Presidents of the United States. 2009. 08 Aug. 2009. <>.

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