Washington had already been a star general in the Revolution, serving as commander in chief of Continental Army. After his first term as president, Washington was unanimously re-elected for a second term. Retiring in 1796, it seemed Washington might finally be able to relax on his estate in Mount Vernon, Virginia. But in 1798, when war with France seemed near, Washington again accepted command of American forces. He died the next year. His eulogy reads, "first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen." If you look at how Washington has been remembered, you will see this is true.