A comaparison and contrast between President's George Washington and John Adams.

Essay by polstallionUniversity, Bachelor'sA, September 2004

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Many people wonder what makes a person become president? A truly complicated question like that is hard to follow with bare facts. There are so many different personality traits and social events that can alter how people look at other people, therefore outcome for a presidency election can go either way. This essay will try to establish ideas for a suitable president by comparing and contrasting two presidents together. The two presidents are George Washington and John Adams. Two man that come from the same era but was one better than the other? This essay will explore both of the presidents' lives before they became president and also contrast their lives during their presidency.

George Washington was born on February 11, 1732, in Westmoreland County, Virginia. At the age of 11 his first major tragedy came upon him, which was the death of his father. Washington obtained a limited formal education, which is roughly equivalent to an elementary education by today's standards.

Already at a young age, Washington rivaled with John Adams. Adams was once quoted saying that Washington was "too illiterate, unlearned, unread for his station and reputation (Presidents pg 2)." In 1748, while Washington was living with his brother at Mount Vernon, he secured the position of surveyor for Lord Fairfax's lands in the Shenandoah Valley. In 1753 Washington was living in complete comfort with 5,000 acres of land. In 1753, Washington offered his services to Virginia's lieutenant governor, to lead a mission to Ohio to warn the French out of town. In 1754 Washington built a major blunder called fort Necessity, with no success of keeping the French out, Washington retreated back with his men. In the 1770s Washington helped out with the revolution as a general. He did not have many victories but won the important...