Major events of President Washington's life in pages 205-209 By: Sarah Palmeter


George Washington becomes President

April 1789

George Washington is unanimously voted by the electoral college to be the U.S.A.'s first President.

Obeying Laws


Arguments about the tax started breaking out in Pennsylvania. Farmers said how the taxes were directed to them. George Washington, in order to keep peace, passed a proclamation saying how people must all pay taxes and follow the laws.

The Neutrality Proclamation

April 22, 1793

President Washington expressed his idea of the Neutrality Proclamation to Congress. This states that American will stay neutral during an European War. Some believed this was unnecessary and people, such as James Madison, thought the power was going to Washington's head.

Washington leads an army


Farmers started Whiskey Rebellion because they were angry about the tax on alcohol. The farmer's called themselves the new Sons of Liberty. Washington was frightened this would weaken the governments authority, so he led an army of 13,000 men to the rebel's state, Pennsylvania. By the time they reached the state, the rebels had fled.

Jefferson's resignation


Some people did not agree with the Neutrality Proclamation. Thomas Jefferson was one of these people. A war between the French and British was going on during this law. Jefferson, at the time, was secretary of state, believed America should support the French. When the law was passes, Jefferson resigned from Washington.

Jay's Treaty

November 1794

Jay's Treaty was made for the British and U.S to resolve any anger from the 1790's. Many people did not like this Treaty and it began to cause an uproar. However, even though Washington didn't agree to it, he thought it was necessary so he approved of it.