The book I read to research this post was US Presidents for Dummies by Marcus Stadelmann which is an excellent book I got from amazon. Washington is viewed by many as the greatest US president & without him there would be no democracy in the US. He is the only president to be elected unanimously by the senate and he could have become king if he had chosen to. He was instrumental in defeating the english. His trade was as a surveyor and he bought lots of land eventually owning over 56,000 acres. Many traditions like the president swearing an oath and the inaugural celebrations when a president is elected have their roots in his time in office. There was no party system in those days. He is responsible for the bill of rights & the constitution. It is strange but he was relunctant to take the post of president and only did so because his country needed him.