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.|
|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|
|IMDb:||George Washington's IMDb|
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.
His older half-brother, Lawrence, used personal connections with the Fairfax family to have him appointed official surveyor for Culpeper County, a prestigious position.
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.
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.
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.
Information related to George Washington
- George Washington Category
- British Army during the American Revolutionary War - The British Army during the American War of Independence served for eight years in campaigns fought around the globe.
- Timeline of the American Revolution - Timeline of the American Revolution — timeline of the political upheaval culminating in the 18th century in which Thirteen Colonies in North America joined together for independence from the British Empire, and after victory in the Revolutionary War combined to form the United States of America.
- American rebels
- Chancellors of the College of William & Mary
- Virginia Independents
- People of the American Enlightenment
- Washington and Lee University people
- Burials at Mount Vernon
- Continental Congressmen from Virginia
- British America army officers
- Commanders in chief
- Signers of the United States Constitution
- People of Virginia in the French and Indian War
- Presidents of the United States
- Smallpox survivors
- 18th-century American writers
- Washington family
- American military personnel of the Seven Years' War
- Virginia militiamen in the American Revolution
- Continental Army officers from Virginia
- Continental Army generals
- American cartographers
- Hall of Fame for Great Americans inductees
- 18th-century American Episcopalians
- House of Burgesses members
- American foreign policy writers
- Free speech activists
- American surveyors
- American Freemasons
- Congressional Gold Medal recipients
- Members of the American Philosophical Society
- American slave owners
- American planters
- 18th-century American politicians