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Most influential president: George Washington or Thomas Jefferson?

Through war, diplomacy, successes and failures, the power of the presidency has been essential in shaping American history. Ahead of President's Day 2018, we're asking Tylters to decide which U.S. president made the biggest impact. George Washington is the American O.G., who voluntarily retired at the end of his second term. But Thomas Jefferson was one of the most influential Founding Fathers and the principal author of the Declaration of IndependenceWhich president made the biggest impact? 🦅

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The President of the United States is the most powerful political figure in America, and throughout history, presidents have shaped the very fabric of our nation. As we approach President's Day 2018, we are asking Tylters to tell us which president they believe had the biggest impact—positive or negative—on America. 

Presidents have led us through global conflict, civil war, economic crises and cultural revolutions. From George Washington to Donald Trump, which president do you believe was the most influential? 

Be sure to vote on our other President's Day matchups below!

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The first president of the United States, George Washington took his oath of office in 1789 after having commanded the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War. Washington was a prime mover in the steps leading to the Constitutional Convention, and when the Constitution was ultimately ratified, the Electoral College unanimously elected Washington President. 

With the exception of foreign policy, Washington allowed Congress to be the primary policy makers during his presidency. In his farewell addressWashington warned of the dangers of political parties and hyper-partisanship:

“However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”

Washington voluntarily retired after his second term, beginning the tradition of president's serving no more than two terms which would continue until Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to four terms.

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Thomas Jefferson served as George Washington's Secretary of State and John Adam's Vice President before becoming the third president of the United States in 1801. One of the most influential Founding Fathers, Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. 

During his presidency, Jefferson focused on issues of trade, lowering the national debt and oversaw the Louisiana Purchase. A philosopher and prolific writer, Jefferson is perhaps best known for emphasizing the importance of religious freedom and tolerance. Jefferson served two terms.

In his Inaugural Address, Jefferson spoke about the strength of democracy and the principles that unite all Americans:

"We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists [...] I know, indeed, that some honest men fear that a republican government can not be strong, that this Government is not strong enough; but would the honest patriot, in the full tide of successful experiment, abandon a government which has so far kept us free and firm on the theoretic and visionary fear that this Government, the world's best hope, may by possibility want energy to preserve itself? I trust not. I believe this, on the contrary, the strongest Government on earth."
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FINAL RESULTS
Politics
Most influential president: George Washington or Thomas Jefferson?
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamWashington
#TeamJefferson