George Washington (1732 – 1799)

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Life in Brief: George Washington was born into a mildly prosperous Virginia farming family in 1732. After his father died when George was eleven, George's mother, Mary, a tough and driven woman, struggled to hold their home together with the help of her two so… more life in brief »

Essays about George Washington

About His Administration

First Lady
Martha Washington
Vice President
John Adams (1789-1797)

Facts about George Washington

Term
:
1st President of the United States (1789 – 1797)
Born
:
February 22, 1732, Pope’s Creek, Virginia
Political Party
:
Federalist
Died
:
December 14, 1799
Nickname
:
“Father of His Country”
Education
:
The equivalent of an elementary school education
Religion
:
Episcopalian
Marriage
:
January 6, 1759, to Martha Dandridge Custis (1731–1802)
Children
:
None
Career
:
Soldier, Planter
Buried
:
Family vault, Mount Vernon, Virginia

I can only say that I have contributed towards the organization and administration of the Government the best exertions of which a very fallible judgment was capable.
September 17, 1796

Citation Information

Consulting Editor

Stephen Knott

Professor Knott is an Associate Professor in the National Security Decision Making Department at the United States Naval War College. Prior to joining the War College faculty, he served as project director for the Ronald Reagan and Edward M. Kennedy Oral History Projects at the Miller Center of Public Affairs. His writings include:

The Reagan Years (Facts on File, 2005)

Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth (University Press of Kansas, 2002)

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