After the Constitution of the United States went into effect, George Washington was elected to serve as the first President of the United States.
This former Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War served two terms as President, from 1789 to 1797.
President Washington held the country's first Cabinet meeting.
This Cabinet included Alexander Hamilton, our first Secretary of the Treasury, and Thomas Jefferson, the first Secretary of State.
President Washington himself laid the cornerstone for the United States Capitol building in Washington, DC, on September 18, 1793.
He also appointed the first Director of the United States Mint, David Rittenhouse, in 1792.