Two of our best-known presidents are first president and Founding Father George Washington and 16th president Abraham Lincoln, who is credited with freeing the slaves and working toward reuniting a nation torn apart by the Civil War.
What would the resumes of these two great statesmen look like? To find out, we asked Monster Resume Expert Kim Isaacs to take a stab at putting them together. See both of them below.
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As a dedicated patriot, American forefather and first president of the United States, led the American forces through the Revolution and oversaw the formation of the nation. Successfully gained independence for the American colonies and unified them under the new federal government. Led with fairness and integrity, demonstrating that a president could exercise executive authority without corruption. Maintained exemplary relationships with state governments and Congress.
United States of America, Philadelphia, PA
Served two four-year terms as president of the United States, winning the elections with unanimous votes. Sought to create a great united nation and lead the post-war recovery efforts. Highlights include:
- Assisted Congress with the adoption of the Bill of Rights (the first 10 amendments to the Constitution) in 1791, guaranteeing the rights of the American people.
- Organized the first United States Cabinet and the Executive Branch, building an infrastructure capable of supporting future presidents.
- Issued the Proclamation of Neutrality, establishing the United States as a neutral nation in the conflict between Britain and France, and freeing the nation from unnecessary involvement in foreign conflicts.
- Adopted measures to resolve the escalating debt crisis, such as support of a program that helped repay the states' Revolutionary War debts.
- Suppressed the Whiskey Rebellion, an uprising by farmers who were displeased by the government's imposed excise on whiskey. Raised more than 12,000 troops to quell the uprising and convince people of the merit of the tax.
- Signed the Treaty of San Lorenzo, opening the Mississippi River to American navigation.
- Signed Jay's Treaty with Great Britain, forcing the British to evacuate western forts and stabilizing relations with Great Britain.
- Negotiated peace treaties with southeastern Indian tribes.
- Proclaimed the first National Day of Thanksgiving.
- Turned down the opportunity to serve a third term, setting a precedent for future presidents to limit their terms to avoid potential abuse of power.
Constitutional Convention, Philadelphia, PA
- Helped organize and presided over the Constitutional Convention in 1787, during which the US Constitution was written.
- Recognized as one of two presidents who signed the US Constitution.
Continental Army, Philadelphia, PA
Created the Continental Army and served as its commander-in-chief. The Continental Army fought and won the American Revolution (1775-1783), forcing the British to grant independence to America. Highlights:
- Motivated troops during the cold winter of 1777-1778 at Valley Forge, PA, building a mature army ready for battle.
- Launched a brilliantly planned and executed Yorktown Campaign in 1781, securing an American victory.
- Attacked the British near Monmouth Courthouse, NJ, on their withdrawal from Philadelphia to New York.
- Orchestrated a brilliant attack by the capture of Trenton, NJ, as troops crossed the Delaware River and surprised and defeated the enemy troops.
- Took command of troops surrounding British-occupied Boston, training a 14,000-man army and securing needed supplies.
- Occupied Dorchester Heights, effectively commanding the city and forcing the British to evacuate.
Self-Taught, Mount Vernon, VA
- Mostly studied mathematics surveying, mapmaking, the classics and "rules of civility."
Legislation signed as president:
First and Second Continental Congress, 1774-1775
Served as a delegate to the First and Second Continental Congress; was Congress’s unanimous choice as commander-in-chief of the Continental forces in June 1775.
Virginia’s House of Burgesses, 1759-1774
Became a radical patriot leader, serving in Virginia's legislature for 15 years.
Commander, Virginia Militia, 1753-1759
Commanded the Virginia militia during the French and Indian War.
Lord Fairfax’s Lands (Shenandoah Valley), 1749-1753
Helped design the layout of the Virginia town of Belhaven (now Alexandria) in 1749 and was appointed surveyor for Culpeper County.
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Visionary leader and masterful politician, widely regarded as the greatest American president. Served as the 16th President of the United States, guiding the country through the Civil War, saving the Union and freeing slaves while in office.
US Office of the President, Washington, DC
- Served as the first Republican Party president and built the Republican Party into a powerful national organization.
- Defended and preserved the unity of the United States by defeating the secessionist Confederacy in the Civil War, and instituted a formal Reconstruction Plan to reunite the nation after the war.
- Supervised all aspects of the war effort and selected top generals (including Ulysses S. Grant) to lead military campaigns.
- Issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, freeing slaves within the Confederacy. Endorsed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which totally abolished slavery.
- Delivered the Gettysburg Address, the most famous oration in American history.
- Signed landmark legislation, including the National Banking Act (establishing a national currency and supporting a national banking network), legislation that protected American industry and a bill that chartered the first transcontinental railroad.
- Supported the Federal Homestead Law (1862), which allowed poor people in the east to acquire land in the west.
- Won a landslide reelection in 1864.
Self-Employed, Springfield, IL
- Prepared cases for federal courts, the Illinois Supreme Court and the state’s Eighth Judicial Circuit. Admitted to practice in United States Circuit Court in 1839.
- Served a term as a member of the US House of Representatives.
- Joined the Republican Party in 1856 and gained national attention by challenging Stephen A. Douglas to a series of debates in 1858.
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
- Received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Princeton University (1864)
- Columbia (1861)
- Knox College (1860)
Early political career highlights include a campaign for the Illinois General Assembly as a member of the Whig Party in 1832. Spent eight years in the Illinois legislature (1834-1842). Additional experience includes farm work, rail splitting, grocery store management, surveyor and village postmaster.
Only US president to own a patent, granted in 1849 for device to lift boats over shoals.
"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds..." -- Second Inaugural Address, 3/4/1865
"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation conceived in Liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." -- Gettysburg Address, 11/19/1863
"In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you.... You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect and defend it." -- Inaugural Address, 3/4/1861
"I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence." -- Address in Independence Hall, 2/22/1861