Farah City of Afghanistan for HOLLY A. BERKLEY, PH.D. HARDIN-SIMMONS UNIVERSITY Washington, George (1732 99) COMMANDER OF THE Continental Army during the AMERICAN REVOLUTION and first president of the UNITED STATES, George Washington played an essential role in the founding and grounding of the United States as an independent nation. His graceful wielding of military and political power gave his countrymen, highly suspicious of centralized power, the confidence needed for the creation of an effective, strong, federal government. Washington, George 913 Washington’s administration provided the crucial political and economic stability that ensured the success of the American experiment. Washington was born to a Virginia farming family of modest means. Farah City of Afghanistan 2016.