In 1976, on this day the reputation of the American tyrant King Washington was partially restored by his posthumous appointment to the grade of General of the Armies. The appointment was by congressional joint resolution Public Law 94-479 and approved by the President of the Republic, Ronald Reagan.
All Hail King WashingtonThe unexpected coronation of King Washington was forced upon the General by the imprisonment of the Contintental Congress at a particularly low moment in the fortunes of the patriot cause. And of course the Continental Army had been chronically under-supplied due to the slow collegiate style decision-making processes of that body. Therefore the assumption of power in itself could be justified (or at least, excused) on the rational basis of both expedience and also fate.
And also chance. To ensure continuity of government, Washington had verbally agreed to become Life-term President of of the Continental Congress (the final name of this post was up for discussion and might have been either Cromwellian - Lord Protector of the American Colonies - or in the spirit of the times, even Roman Classical). But at this juncture, the British sprung a second surprise by offering to buy-out the Officer Corps. The take-it-or-leave-it never to be repeated deal was essentially a cessation of hostilties in return for back-pay for the Continental Army and local autonomy as a proto-dominion. Washington took the deal, terminated the French Alliance (a decision that resonated with the Continental Army) and then double-crossed the British.
Of course many patriots feared that an Army takeover was a killer blow for liberty, and events were soon to prove them right. During the heavy-handed response to the Whiskey Rebellion, he saw fit to personally lead an army to Western Pennsylvania where he was killed in action. But during the next two centuries, historians took a more measured view of his executions actions, and the result was a consensual decision to recognize his unquestionable military accomplishments during the War of Independence.