The George Washington Presidency

Based on the clues, guess these facts about George Washington and his presidency.
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Last updated: February 20, 2017
First submittedOctober 26, 2016
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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 85
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 80
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 80
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 80
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 65
Feb 21, 2017
I would like you to show me an example, please.
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Level 80
May 17, 2017
Hey Yan, you're a scruffy-looking nerf herder. (this would be a personal insult)
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Level 80
Oct 17, 2018
Incidentally a high percentage of my closest friends are comic book geeks with low social intelligence.
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Level 64
Oct 27, 2016
I guess the the second to last question's answer's effects are seen today.
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Level 80
Oct 28, 2016
The quotes were removed. We might put them back in. Pending.
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Level 80
Feb 20, 2017
A couple were put back in. The 2nd-to-last quote is now the last.
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Level 64
Feb 20, 2017
Yeah, I was referimg to the political parties warningm My comment OP now seems weird.
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Level 80
Feb 20, 2017
oh? I thought your comment was referencing the quote about being led to slaughter.
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Level 79
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 80
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 81
Jun 17, 2018
Washington ran unopposed for President, so Adams was specifically chosen as his second banana.
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Level 80
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 86
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 80
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 59
Feb 20, 2017
Good stuff.
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Level 64
Feb 20, 2017
Far too US-centric...

;)

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Level 65
Feb 21, 2017
Gott im Himmel, I'm sick of that joke.
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Level 83
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 80
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 41
Feb 20, 2017
Thank you Hamilton... for getting me like nine of these questions!
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Level 28
May 17, 2017
same!
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Level 52
Feb 20, 2017
Perfect. Fun Quiz!
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Level 80
Feb 22, 2017
I thought it was prettier before with the dark blue headers. Why'd you change it?
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Level 67
Feb 13, 2020
got a wig for his wig got a brain for his heart
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Level 80
Feb 13, 2020
He'll kick you apart! He'll kick you apart!