George Washington served as the first President of the United States from 1789-1797, following the American Revolutionary War. During the war, he served as Commander-in-Chief of the American forces, after being appointed by the Continental Congress in 1775. Henry Lee orated at his funeral that he was ‘first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen’. Because of his contributions to America’s government, policies, and spirit in a time of great upheaval following the war, he is often quoted by scholars as one of the greatest U.S. Presidents. According to various polls and popular thought, he is matched only by Franklin D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. After his service, he retired to private life at his plantation in Mount Vernon. Together, these impressionable aspects of his life led to his remembrance as the ‘Father of his Country’ in the United States.