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1. 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.
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