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Tango0101 Dec 2017 12:17 p.m. PST

Which was a bigger surprise: George Washington stepping down after two terms, or John Adams peacefully stepping down after losing reelection?

Interesting thread here…



rmaker01 Dec 2017 2:11 p.m. PST

Neither was a big surprise to most Americans. Washington had already said he would only serve two terms (and had previously turned down an offer of a crown). Adams had been brought up in the tradition of New England local elections.

I'm sure both were a bit of a shock to many Europeans.

14Bore01 Dec 2017 4:43 p.m. PST

To Americans not at all, to the rest of the world flabbergasted as it never happened before.

grtbrt02 Dec 2017 8:00 a.m. PST

Why would it be a shock to others ? In Britain members of Parliament have peacefully stepped down after losing an election many times in the past . Regents have stepped down peacefully after the King reached an age of Majority .

I think the part you are missing is the talk about a civil war if Adams DIDNT step down . I think that would have been more shocking to others .

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