- (1732–99), 1st president of the US 1789–97. Commander in chief of the Continental Army, he helped to win the American Revolution by keeping his army together through the winter of 1777–78 at Valley Forge and by winning a decisive battle at Yorktown in 1781. In 1787, he chaired the convention at Philadelphia that drew up the US Constitution. In his two terms as president, he followed a policy of neutrality in international affairs and of expansion on the domestic front.
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