Washington was aware that many of his actions would be regarded as
precedents. Here are three precedents that Washington established:
created the first Presidential Cabinet. Who was on the Cabinet, and
what Departments did they represent? Who is on the Cabinet today, and
what Departments do they represent?
was the first President to leave office after two terms. Did he
specifically intend for future presidents to be limited to two terms?
Who were the four presidents who tried for third terms? Who was the
was the first to establish foreign policy, and issued the Proclamation
of Neutrality. What situation did this proclamation address? What agency
advises the President on foreign policy today? What is the role of this