1732 - 1799
The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. But the constitution which at any time exists till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people is sacredly obligatory upon all. Farewell Address
George Washington was born to Mary Ball and Augustine Washington on February 22, 1732. As the third son of a middling planter, George probably should have been relegated to a footnote in a history book. Instead, he became one of the greatest figures in American history.
A series of personal losses changed the course of George’s life. His father, Augustine, died when he was eleven years old, ending any hopes of higher education. Instead, Washington spent many of his formative years under the tutelage of Lawrence, his favorite older brother....
US Presidents and Slavery
Before the Civil War, many US presidents, including Washington, owned enslaved people, and all of them had to deal with slavery as a political issue
The Washington Papers
The Papers of George Washington was established in 1968 at the University of Virginia. Read about recent findings from ongoing research.
The 1788 “General” election: Military experience in the White House
Being the architect of America’s victory over the British made Washington popular, but relinquishing his power made him seem immortal. Because he could be trusted with power, he made the presidency possible