George Washington is elected in 1789 as the first president of the United States, and re-elected in 1792 and again in 1796.
George Washington's third term is marred by French tensions over the signing of the Jay Treaty with Britain. This led to attacks on the sea. A set of acts limiting free speech meant to stifle the Democratic-Republican Party are proposed. However, George Washington rejects them as divisive. However, in 1798 George Washington, in trying to appeal to both Federalists and Democratic-Republicans, is able to get a treaty with France that allows for continued trade with Britain while establishing peace between the United States and France.
George Washington dies of pneumonia in 1799, and is replaced with John Adams.
Since Washington chose to serve for three terms, many Presidents afterwards felt inclined to pursue long presidential careers. However, they failed to attract as much support as Washington had enjoyed and so, never saw a third term. The only successful presidents to do this were Theodore Roosevelt (three terms), Franklin Roosevelt (four terms), and Ronald Reagan (three terms). After being elected to a fourth term in office, FDR's 12 years in office prompted a constitutional amendment to limit a president's number of terms to three, based upon Washington's precedence. ASoundOfThunder 06:10, 17 December 2008 (UTC)