George Washington

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Date of Birth February 22, 1732
Place of Birth Virginia
Date of Death Dec 14, 1799 (67)
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George Washington

George Washington was an American political leader, military general, statesman, and founding father who served as the first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797. Previously, he led Patriot forces to victory in the nation's War for Independence. He presided at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, which established the U.S. Constitution and a federal government. Washington has been called the "Father of His Country" for his manifold leadership in the formative days of the new nation. Washington received his initial military training and command with the Virginia Regiment during the French and Indian War. He was later elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses and was named a delegate to the Continental Congress, where he was appointed Commanding General of the Continental Army. He commanded American forces, allied with France, in the defeat and surrender of the British during the Siege of Yorktown. He resigned his commission after the Treaty of Paris in 1783.

Born: February 22, 1732, Popes Creek, Virginia, British America
Died: December 14, 1799, Mount Vernon, Virginia, U.S.
Cause of death: Epiglottitis
Resting place: Mount Vernon, Virginia, U.S.
Political party: Independent
Children: John Custis (adopted), Patsy Custis (adopted)
Parents: Augustine Washington, Mary Ball Washington
Residence: Mount Vernon, Virginia, U.S.
Civilian awards: Congressional Gold Medal, Thanks of Congress
Vice President: John Adams
Preceded by: Office established
Succeeded by: John Adams
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About George Washington

One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he served as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, then was inaugurated as the first U.S. President on April 30, 1789.

Before Fame

His older half-brother, Lawrence, used personal connections with the Fairfax family to have him appointed official surveyor for Culpeper County, a prestigious position.

Achievement

His legacy as a commander at Valley Forge, Yorktown, and Boston was honored in 1917 when an asteroid was named after him: the 886 Washingtonia asteroid.

Family Life

He married widow Martha Dandridge Custis in January 1759, despite letters that would come to light showing he was in love with Sally Fairfax, a friend's wife.

Associations

He turned down the opportunity to run for a third term as president. He oversaw a smooth transition in which his vice president, John Adams, was elected to office.

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