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The Unanimous Choice

February 23, 2015

General Taylor won the Battle of Buena Vista in 1847 and was elected President in 1848.  General Grant received Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House in 1865 and was elected President in 1868.  General Eisenhower launched the D-Day invasion in 1944 and was elected President in 1952.  For all three the Presidency was their first and only elective office.

Not so with General Washington.  Before he was President of the United States he was president of the Constitutional Convention.  Before he was commander of the Continental Army he was a member of Virginia’s delegation to the Continental Congress.  He served in the Virginia House of Burgesses from 1759 to 1774.

He knew how to campaign and how to win an election because he had lost the first time he stood for office in 1755.  As President he was twice the unanimous choice of the Electoral College.

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