301. George Washington: The Father of His Country

There may be no greater American than George . Washington became the first United States president in with his unanimous victory in the first American . He was also unanimously elected to a second in 1793, the only president ever to garner percent of the electoral votes. Washington was also Commander-in-Chief of the First Continental Army that fought British when the country was not yet established.

epic "Crossing of the Delaware" river to recover York City is still considered one of the military moves in the history of warfare. At time of the crossing, the British had taken and New York. The Continental Army was on run and disorganized, but Washington had a plan. decided to take his troops across the Delaware in the middle of winter. This was a that many military minds thought impossible, but not . The Americans were able to take New Jersey, change the course of the war.

Another landmark for Washington was the winter at Valley Forge. 1777, Washington led an army of more than ,000 troops into Valley Forge in Pennsylvania, where the suffered through a cold winter that claimed the of 3,000 men. When the spring arrived, instead a demoralized, beaten group of soldiers, the army battle ready, and able to continue the fight the English in New York. The army was to survive the fierce winter because of the , and preparedness of Washington's officers. Washington earned the , "The Father of His Country," because of his intelligence, and his concern for the people of United States.