"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
Portrait of George Washington
Portrait of George Washington, 1856 copy of 1796 Gilbert Stuart original, 1857.2 George Washington accepted the presidency in part to insure the implementation of a strong federal government that would bring a diverse citizenry into a lasting union. His leadership enabled him to shape the new government. He made responsible appointments to the new agencies and courts. He influenced domestic legislation and directed foreign affairs.