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Continental Army general — one of Washington’s best; 1726—1783.
 
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Continental Army officer, lawyer, politician, Vice President under Thomas Jefferson; killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel; 1756—1836.
 
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Soldier, politician, New York governor, vice president under Jefferson and Madison; 1739—1812.
 
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Washington’s aide-de-camp, lawyer, contributor to the Federalist Papers, Secretary of the Treasury; 1755/1757—1804.
 
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Lawyer, diplomat, Continental congressman, first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; 1745—1829.
 
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New York merchant, signer of the Declaration of Independence; 1716—78.
 
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New York lawyer, politician, signer of the Declaration of Independence; 1746—1813.
 
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Merchant, financier; helped draft then stylized the Constitution; 1752—1816.
 
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Author, revolutionary, political philosopher; 1737—1809.
 
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John Adams was inaugurated as second president on March 4, 1797. Washington had preceded him to the hall and sat on the dais with Jefferson the Vice-President-elect, as Adams spoke. When the new President finished and left, Washington motioned to Jefferson to go next. The two Virginians had known each other since 1769, when Washington had been thirty-seven years old and Jefferson only twenty-six. From long habit and lingering respect, Jefferson now held back. But Washington gestured again, in a manner not to be ignored. The younger man was now Vice-President and must go first.

Richard Brookhiser
Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington (1996)