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Father of Our Country
April 30, 1789

It may sound odd, but George Washington did not run for president of the United States. He did not want to be president. Two weeks before he went to New York to be sworn in as president, he gave an emotional speech to the people of his hometown of Alexandria, Virginia. He said he was sorry to leave his Mount Vernon home where he had retired.

George Washington hesitated at first about becoming President, but he served two terms in office.

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