(1732 - 1799) U.S.A.
First President U.S.
He took part in the campaign against the French and Indians (1753-57), and was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses. As a strong oppnent of the British government's policy, he sat in the Continental Congresses of 1774 and 1775, and on the outbreak of the War of American Independece was chosen commander in chief.
After the war he retired to his Virginia estate, Mount Vernon, but in 1787 he re-entered politics as president of the Constitutional Convention. He was elected President of the USA in 1789 and re-elected in 1793, but refused to serve a third term, setting a precedent that was followed until 1940.
Althought he attemped to draw his ministers from all factions, his aristocratic outlook alienated Jefferson, with whose resignation in 1793 the two-party system originated.
In his farewell address in 1796 Washington mantained that the USA should avoid European quarrels and entangling alliances. He said that "no nation is to be trusted farther than it is bound by its interests".
He died and was buried at Mount Vernon.
The first U.S president is rumored to have been gay and loved men. Though married, Washington surrounded himself with male intimates, some historians believe that Alexander Hamilton was one of Washington lovers.
It is well documented Alexander Hamilton affection for John Laurens.
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