The Administration of George Washington was one of those precedents with a number of standards that are followed nowadays. That’s why his significance and impact can’t be underestimated. Basically, he believed in quite a strong federal government that influenced the nation considerably. Another interesting fact is that Washington didn’t let others trap him as royalty, and his warning against foreign entanglements was heeded by many future presidents.
If you take his critics into consideration, keep in mind that some of them think how the whole nation might have developed if Washington sided with Jefferson during famous partisan debates that made him President. He identified himself with Hamilton, and this is how he continued the partisanship that he denounced in a well-known farewell speech to the whole nation. For some historians (especially those ones who doubt the greatness of Washington), it’s his biggest failure.
Besides, he was also criticized for the ownership of slaves, just like other members of that generation, but his impact couldn’t be denied. Washington expressed his sincere wish to make the effective plan adopted for the slavery abolition, but he refused from initiating it looking to legislative authorities for its execution and conception. He provided for his slaves generously in the will, but he didn’t free them.
Except for such caveats, Washington’s impact is that his presidency set the whole nation on the path that has endured now for a few centuries, and it’s longer than any other republic in the history. Remember that he established those precedents that would last for many generations and did everything possible to flesh out the basis of the presidential office. There is an opinion that Washington invented traditions as he went along. It’s no wonder his actions became a big part of the unwritten constitution.
His reliance on department leaders for their advice, similar to the war council during the American Revolution, set a specific precedent for including the cabinet as an important part of the office of Presidents. In addition, Congress didn’t challenge his removals and appointments so that the tradition was developed to allow him to select the cabinet.
His words and actions set the golden standard for 2 presidential terms, and it was practiced until 1940. There are different factors that helped Washington create the image of his dignity and greatness, including solemnity, restraint, judiciousness, etc.
The Administration of George Washington was one of those precedents with a number of standards that are followed nowadays. That’s why his significance and impact can’t be underestimated. Basically, he believed in quite a strong federal government that influenced the nation considerably.