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Founding Brothers

             When retracing our country's history during the 1790's and reviewing the decisions executed by our founding brothers, we can discern a trend in the manner in which these men governed that parallels their actions taken throughout the Revolutionary era. These individuals displayed great leadership qualities by making critical decisions which resulted in the forward progress of our country's development. Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton, Madison, and Adams, were all revered by the people and were trusted to ultimately lay the political foundation for America. .
             The founding brothers" dedication and sacrifice to the shaping of the country are commendable characteristics which are hard to refute. These men acted against all odds during the revolution as they strived for independence from Britain. In particular, George Washington showed an unparalleled sacrifice for his country. When the Second Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia in May 1775, Washington was elected Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. On July 3, 1775, at Cambridge, Massachusetts, he took command of his ill-trained troops and embarked upon a war that was to last six grueling years. During these years Washington gave up his personal and political life in hope that America would come out victorious, and subsequently win its freedom. This dedication carried over to the 1790's after the war had been fought, when he was elected by the people as president in 1789. Washington had the support of the people, and according to Joseph J. Ellis, author of Founding Brothers, was "A legend in his own time, Americans had been describing Washington as "the father of the country" since 1776- which is to say, before there was even a country.".
             President Washington was backed by the Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson and the Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, all of whom were to later be considered as members of the country's founding brothers.

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