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.
Governor of Quebec; British commander-in-chief, 1782 - 83; 1724—1808.
Royal Governor of New Jersey, Loyalist, son of Benjamin Franklin; 1731—1813.
British general, Royal Governor of Massachusetts, ordered troops to Concord; 1719/20—87.
Last Royal Governor of Massachusetts; 1711—80.
Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington (1996)