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The George Washington Presidency

Based on the clues, guess these facts about George Washington and his presidency.
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First submittedOctober 26, 2016
Last updatedFebruary 20, 2017
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Hint
Answer
Wife's first name
Martha
Home state
Virginia
Name of his plantation
Mount Vernon
Disease that left him scarred
Smallpox
He was a member of this
fraternal organization
Freemasons
His first job
Surveyor
He served in this war
of the 1750s
French and Indian War
He crossed this river on
Christmas, 1776
Delaware
He was privately opposed
to this practice
Slavery
He spent a cold winter
here in 1777
Valley Forge
Final battle of the Revolution
Yorktown
He suppressed this rebellion
against alcohol taxes
Whiskey Rebellion
His farewell address warned
against forming these
Political Parties
Hint
Answer
His Vice President
John Adams
Secretary of the Treasury
Alexander Hamilton
First Secretary of State
Thomas Jefferson
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
John Jay
For most of his Presidency, this city
was the U.S. capital
Philadelphia
 
Apocryphal Stories
He chopped down a cherry tree
He had wooden teeth
He threw a silver dollar across the Potomac River
 
 
Fill in the blanks for these quotes
To be prepared for war is one of the most effective
means of preserving peace.
...freedom of speech may be taken away, and dumb and
silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
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level 83
Oct 27, 2016
You know you're too engrossed in pop culture when the first thing you think of when thinking about Washington's wife's name is, "yeah, but I bet that never stopped him from killing Superman."
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level 76
Oct 27, 2016
Why did you say that name??!!

I was *this* close to including "shared with Ma Kent and Batman's mom"... but it wouldn't have fit very well and probably QM would have edited it out when he featured it.
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level 76
Nov 3, 2016
P.S. I loved that moment in BvS and thought it was really well done and made perfect sense. Sometimes I don't understand how little comic book fans seem to understand human psychology or dramatic character motivations. Maybe because being a geek and having low social intelligence are so highly correlated?
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level 76
Feb 20, 2017
That wasn't a personal insult at all. I'm genuinely curious and was asking a legitimate question. What I said is factual, not insulting. If you'd like, I can show you what a personal insult looks like for the sake of contrast.
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level 64
Feb 21, 2017
I would like you to show me an example, please.
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level 76
May 17, 2017
Hey Yan, you're a scruffy-looking nerf herder. (this would be a personal insult)
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level 76
Oct 17, 2018
Incidentally a high percentage of my closest friends are comic book geeks with low social intelligence.
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level 62
Oct 27, 2016
I guess the the second to last question's answer's effects are seen today.
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level 76
Oct 28, 2016
The quotes were removed. We might put them back in. Pending.
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level 76
Feb 20, 2017
A couple were put back in. The 2nd-to-last quote is now the last.
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level 62
Feb 20, 2017
Yeah, I was referimg to the political parties warningm My comment OP now seems weird.
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level 76
Feb 20, 2017
oh? I thought your comment was referencing the quote about being led to slaughter.
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level 76
Oct 28, 2016
I'm not sure I'd refer to Adams as "his" vice president. Yes, he was the VP during Washington's presidency, but at the time, the vice presidency went to the runner-up in the electoral college. Consequently, in those days the president and vice president were not only non-aligned; they were often bitter rivals.
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level 76
Feb 20, 2017
Every president has a vice president serving under him. Use of the word "his" doesn't imply ownership or political unity any more than it would in the case of "his mother," "his intestinal parasites," or "his bitter, arch-rival."
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level 70
Jun 17, 2018
Washington ran unopposed for President, so Adams was specifically chosen as his second banana.
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level 76
Jun 17, 2018
This isn't true. Washington was unanimously voted in as the 1st president, but there were several other candidates that could and did receive votes.
Those two statements might seem contradictory, but in 1789 the presidential election worked differently. There was no popular vote. 10 states sent electors based on their populations. Those 69 electors each cast a ballot with their 1st and 2nd picks for president. Everyone voted for Washington, so he received 69 electoral votes. About half of the electors voted for John Adams who got 34 electoral votes. Coming in 2nd place, Adams was made vice president.
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level 82
Nov 4, 2016
It's been over a day, this quiz needs to be reset again! Just kiddin, nice quiz.
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level 76
Nov 4, 2016
Unless there is some new developments in the Washington presidency this will likely be the quiz's final form. It was reset because we added 2/3 quotes back in. It will be featured on President's Day in the same format, so your points are secure now.
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level 58
Feb 20, 2017
Good stuff.
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level 63
Feb 20, 2017
Far too US-centric... ;)
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level 64
Feb 21, 2017
Gott im Himmel, I'm sick of that joke.
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level 67
Feb 20, 2017
"He was privately opposed to this practice" = felt somewhat guilty for owning people for 56 years until he died.
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level 75
Feb 20, 2017
I don't think he felt any guilt about it, considering there were over 300 slaves at Mr. Vernon. He just thought (correctly) it wouldn't be good for the future of the country. He left instructions in his will that Martha would retain ownership of his slaves until her death and then they would be freed or cared for by estate if they were infirm. Martha realized they might hasten their own freedom with her early death so she freed George's slaves soon after he died. However, over half of the slaves at Mt. Vernon belonged to the estate of Martha's first husband, Custis, and by law she could not free them as she only held a lifetime dowry in the Custis property. They were divided among her grandchildren after her death. So it wasn't a magnanimous thing she did in freeing George's slaves. She did it to save her own neck, and there were still plenty of the Custis slaves left to work the estate.
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level 67
Feb 20, 2017
This is all true. While we certainly don't know what his motive for willing his slaves to be free upon his and his wife's death, my (perhaps misguided) optimism assumes that guilt from owning people was at least a factor in doing so. However, he certainly didn't free them while they were still in servitude to him and his wife and he never took a stand against slavery as president (he willingly signed the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793), so clearly his feelings of guilt were minimal to say the least.
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level 76
Feb 20, 2017
Quizmaster deleted some of my questions and added some of his own. That one question was added by the quizmaster. I found it a bit odd, too. Almost seems like we're trying to exonerate him, which I don't agree with. I prefer the "warts and all" approach to examining historical figures, even great (but imperfect) men like Washington. His private feelings on a barbaric practice he did nothing to change and himself took part in seem somewhat irrelevant to me on such a quiz.
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level ∞
Feb 20, 2017
I see the points of the people above. I put that question in because I wanted to acknowledge the "warts" but in a way that doesn't come across as a recrimination. If Washington could have ended slavery with a wave of the hand, he probably would have, but clearly he wasn't ready to sacrifice his reputation for the sake of abolition. On the other hand, he was more progressive on this issue than the average white Virginian of the period. In any case, its absurd to judge the founding fathers by the standards of the modern era. Just like its absurd to portray them as paragons of perfect virtue.
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level 71
Nov 11, 2017
I can actually agree with you here. I hate it when people try to put a modern lens on historical figures and events.
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level 38
Mar 14, 2018
Are we assuming that all slaves, if given their freedom by Washington would have become a Frederick Douglass or George Washington Carver? - Let's be realistic, without having their own land (or money to purchase land), they would have, at best, become tenant farmers. At worst, they would have become slaves of other (perhaps cruel) plantation owners. Freedom, without resources is an empty promise. I am not defending the practice by any means, merely pointing out that there's freedom and then there's Freedom.
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level 79
Feb 20, 2017
Ah, George Washington. Kinda ironic how he was the first president but didn't even want to BE president.
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level 76
Feb 20, 2017
The Bilbo of his day.
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level 67
Feb 21, 2017
He did have big hairy feet.
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level 39
Feb 20, 2017
Thank you Hamilton... for getting me like nine of these questions!
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level 27
May 17, 2017
same!
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level 51
Feb 20, 2017
Perfect. Fun Quiz!
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level 76
Feb 22, 2017
I thought it was prettier before with the dark blue headers. Why'd you change it?
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