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George Washington

First President 1789-1797
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Born: February 22, 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia.

Education: Schooled at home and then trained in surveying.

Occupation: Soldier, surveyor, planter. Led troops under General Braddock in French and Indian Wars; named head of Continental Armies in 1775, led the major battles of the Revolution and accepted British surrender at Yorktown in 1781. Retired from Army in 1783.

Religion: Episcopalian

Family life: Married Martha Dandridge Curtis, a widow with two children in 1759. Martha died of "severe fever" on May 22, 1802.

Political career: Became a member of Virginia House of Burgesses in 1758, and gradually became active in colonial politics. Delegate to Continental Congresses, 1774-75, and elected commander. After the war, he became involved in organization of new federal government; presided over Constitutional Convention; unanimously elected first president in 1789. Refused third term in office, 1796 and retired to Mount Vernon.

Highlights of his presidency: Established the Bank of the United States and a postal system, created West Point, put down the Whiskey Rebellion.
Appearance: Tall (6 feet 2 inches) and powerfully built, sandy hair, blue eyes.

Died: December 14, 1799 at Mount Vernon, Virginia.

Burried: Both Martha and George lie buried at Mount Vernon, where Washington himself had planned an unpretentious tomb for them.



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