George Washington - (1732 - 1799)

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George Washington served as the first President of the United States
George Washington did not sigh the Declaration of Independence because he was to busy commanding the army
George Washington was the only founding father to be president that did not attend college
George Washington only had one of his own teeth left at his death, with dentures made of ivory, bone and human teeth
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Events in the life of George Washington


1775 06/15   George Washington appointed general and commander-in-chief of the new Continental Army.
1776 12/26   Washington crosses the Delaware River and captures a Hessian force (German mercenaries) at Trenton, New Jersey
1777 09/11   General Washington defeated at Brandywine  [URL]
1778 07/08   General Washington sets up headquarters at West Point
1783 11/2   George Washington delivers farewell address  [URL]
1783 12/23   Washington resigns his commission as commander-in-chief to the Congress of the Confederation.  [URL]
1784 01/14   The Treaty of Paris is ratified by Congress and the American Revolutionary War officially ends.
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George Washington Biography

FIRST IN War - first in Peace - first in the hearts of his Countrymen - was a just sentiment uttered half a century ago by the foster-son' of the Great Patriot, when speaking of the character of his noble guardian. And the hand of that son was the first to erect a monumental stone in memory of The Father of his Country, upon which was inscribed: Here, the of February [0. S.l, 1732, George Washington was born. That stone yet lies on the site of his birth-place, in Westmoreland county, Virginia, near the banks of the Potomac. The calendar having been changed, 2 we celebrate his birthday on the 22d of February.
George Washington was descended from an old and titled family in Lancashire, England, and was the eldest child of his father, by Mary Ball, his second wife. He died v/hen George was little more than ten years of age, and the guidance of the future Leader, through the dangers of youthhood, devolved upon his mother. She was fitted for the service ; and during his eventful life, Washington regarded the early graining of his mother with the deepest gratitude.
He received a common English education, and upon that, a naturally thoughtful and right-conditioned mind, laid the foundation of future greatness. Truth and justice were the cardinal virtues of his character. He was always beloved by his young companions, and was always chosen their leader in military plays. At the age of fourteen years, he wished to enter the navy, but yielded to the discouraging persuasions of his mother; and when he was seventeen years old, he was one of the most accomplished land surveyors in Virginia. In the forest rambles incident to his profession, ho learned much of the topography of the country, habits of the Indians, and life in the camp. These we're stern but useful lessons of great value in his future life.
Young Washington was appointed one of the adjutants-general of his state at the ago of nineteen, but soon resigned his commission to accompany an invalid half-brother to the West Indies. Two years later, when the French began to build forts southward of Lake Erie, he was sent by the royal governor of Virginia, to demand a cessation of such hostile movements. He performed the delicate mission with great credit; and so highly were his services esteemed, that when, in 1755, Braddock came to drive the French from the vicinity of the
Ohio, Washington was chosen his principal aid. The young Leader had already

1. George Washington Parke Custis, grandson of Mrs. Washington, and Adopted son of the distinguished patriot.
2. In consequence of the difference between the whole Roman year and the true solar year, of a little more than eleven minutes, the astronomical equinox fell back that amount of time, each yearly cycle, toward the beginning of the year. It fell on the 21st of March, at the time of the council of Nice, in 323. Pope Gregory the Thirteenth reformed the calendar in 182 (when the equinox fell on the 11th of March,) by suppressing ten days in the calendar, and thus restoring the equinox to the 2lst of March. The Protestant states of Europe adhered to the old calendar, until 1700 ; and popular prejudice in England opposed the alterations, until 1752, when the Julian calendar, called Old Style, was abolished by Pailiament.
Now the difference is about twelve days, so that Washington's birth-day, according to the New Style, is on the 23d of February.

3. Young Washington was playing in a field one day with another boy, when he leaped upon an untamed colt belonging to his mother. The frightened animal used such great exertions to get rid of his rider, that he burst a blood vessel and died. George went immediately to his mother, and gave her a truthful relation of all that had happened. This is a noble example for all boys.
been in that wilderness at the head of a military expedition, and performed his duty so well, that he was publicly thanked by the Virginia legislature. Braddock was defeated and killed, and his whole army escaped utter destruction only through the skill and valor of Colonel Washington, in directing their retreat.' He continued in active military service most of the time, until the close of 1758, when he resigned his commission, and retired to private life.

At the age of twenty-seven years, Washington married the beautiful Martha Custis, the young widow of a wealthy Virginia planter, and they took up their abode at Mount Vernon, on the banks of the Potomac, in estate left him by his half-brother. There he quietly pursued the business of a farmer until the Spring of 1774, when he was chosen to fill a seat in the Virginia legislature. The storm of the great revolution was then gathering; and toward the close of Summer he was elected a delegate to the first Continental Congress, which assembled at Philadelphia, in September. He was a delegate the following year, when the storm burst on Bunker Hill, after the first lightning flash at Lexington; and by the unanimous voice of his compatriots he was chosen commander-in-chief of the army of freemen which had gathered spontaneously around Boston.

For eight long years Washington directed the feeble armies of the revolted colonies, in their struggle for independence. That was a terrible ordeal through which the people of America passed! During the night of gloom which brooded over the hopes of the patriots from the British invasion of New York, until the capture of Cornwallis, he was the lode-star of their hopes. And when the blessed morning of Peace dawned at Yorktown, and the last hoof of the oppressor had left our shores, Washington was hailed as the Deliverer of his people; and he was regarded by the aspirants for freedom in the eastern hemisphere as the brilliant day-star of promise to future generations.

During all the national perplexities after the return of peace, incident to financial embarrassments and an imperfect system of government, Washington was regarded, still, as the public leader; and when a convention assembled to modify the existing government, he was chosen to preside over their deliberations. And again, when the labors of that convention resulted in the formation of our Federal Constitution, and a president of the United States was to be chosen, according to its provisions, his countrymen, with unanimous voice, called him to the highest place of honor in the gift of a free people.

Washington presided over the affairs of the new Republic for eight years, and those the most eventful in its history. A new government had to be organized without any existing model, and new theories of government were to be put in practice for the first time. The domestic and foreign policy of the country had to be settled by legislation and diplomacy, and many exciting questions had to be met and answered. To guide the ship of state through the rocks and quicksands of all these difficulties required great executive skill and wisdom. Washington possessed both; and he retired from the theatre of public life without the least stain of reproach upon his judgment or his intentions.

The great Patriot and Sage enjoyed the repose of domestic life, at Mount Vernon, in the midst of an affectionate family and the almost daily congratulations of visitors, for almost three years, when the effects of a heavy cold closed his brilliant career, in death. He ascended to the bosom of his God on the 14th of December, 1799, when almost sixty-eight years of age.

1. Braddook persisted in fighting: (ha Indians according to the military tactics of Europe and when Washington modestly .' Suggested (he policy of adopting the Indian method of warfare, it is said that Braddook haughtily answered, " What I a provincial buskin teach a British general how to fight !''

2. His body was placed in the old vault, at Mount Vernon. Afterwards, in accordance with his instructions, a new vault was constructed, with a spacious vestibule. In the latter may be seen two white marble coffins containing the remains of Washington and his wife.

SOURCE: Eminent Americans - By Benson J. Lossing (Published 1886)

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Biography for George Washington (1732 - 1799)
Biography for George Washington
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Washington Speech to the Officers of the Continental Army 03-15-1783
Gentlemen: By an anonymous summons, an attempt has been made to convene you together; how inconsistent with the rules of propriety! how unmilitary! and how subversive of all order and discipline, let the good sense of the Army decide.
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Washington Farwell Orders to Armies 11-02-1783
Washingtons Farewell Orders to the Armies of the United States, 2 November 1783 - The United States in Congress assembled after giving the most honorable testimony to the merits of the foederal Armies, and presenting them with the thanks of their Country
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Washington Address Continental Congress 12-23-1783
Washington's Address to the Continental Congress Resigning His Commission as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army - Mr. President: The great events on which my resignation depended having at length taken place; I have now the honor of offering my si
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There are currenlty are 38580 items in the DLPA for George Washington, only 25 are displayed here.

  1. Date: c. 1786
    Dallas Museum of Art
  2. Date: 1929
    Type: text
    Bibliography: p. 465-473.
    University of California
  3. Date: 1886
    Type: text
    New York Public Library
  4. Type: image
    George Arents Collection. The New York Public Library
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    George Arents Collection. The New York Public Library
  6. Date: 1827 - 1872
    Type: image
    Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
  7. Date: 1870-1870
    Type: image
    Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
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    Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
  9. Date: 1810-1810
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    Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
  10. Date: 1850-1850
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    Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
  11. Date: 1870-1870
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    Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
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    Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
  13. Date: 1866-1866
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    Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
  14. Date: 1800-1800
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    Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
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    George Arents Collection. The New York Public Library
  16. Date: 1830-1830
    Type: image
    Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
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    Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
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    Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
  19. Date: 1860-1860
    Type: image
    Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
  20. Date: 1862-1862
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    Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
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    Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
  22. Type: text
    Printed in red and blue ink.
    University of South Carolina. Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
  23. Type: text
    Printed in black ink on canary paper.
    University of South Carolina. Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
  24. Date: 18--?
    Type: image
    Archives of American Art
  25. Date: 1840-1840
    Type: image
    Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Quotes by George Washington

Quote 497 details Share on Google+ - Quote 497 Linked In Share Button - Quote 497 The citizens of the United States of America have the right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of as if it were by the indulgence of one class of citizens that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights, for happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.

George Washington: letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island, September 9, 1790

Quote 649 details Share on Google+ - Quote 649 Linked In Share Button - Quote 649 It appears to me that little more than common sense and common honesty in the transactions of the community at large would b necessary to make us a great and a happy nation. For if the general government lately adopted shall be arranged and administered in such a manner as to acquire the full confidence of the American people, I sincerely believe they will have greater advantages, from their natural, moral, and political circumstances, for public felicity than any other people ever possessed

George Washington: To the citizens of Baltimore, 1789

Quote 171 details Share on Google+ - Quote 171 Linked In Share Button - Quote 171 To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.

George Washington: George Washington (1732-1799) Founding Father, 1st US President, "Father of the Country"

Quote 462 details Share on Google+ - Quote 462 Linked In Share Button - Quote 462 Interwoven as is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts, no recommendation of mine is necessary to fortify or confirm the attachment.

George Washington: Farewell Address, September 19, 1796

Quote 848 details Share on Google+ - Quote 848 Linked In Share Button - Quote 848 The time is now near at hand which must probably determine weather Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human effort will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die.

George Washington: Aug 27, 1776 Address to the Continental Army before the battle of Long Island.

Quote 439 details Share on Google+ - Quote 439 Linked In Share Button - Quote 439 Citizens by birth or choice of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.

George Washington: Farewell Address, September 19, 1796

Quote 468 details Share on Google+ - Quote 468 Linked In Share Button - Quote 468 It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and, at no distant period, a great Nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a People always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence.

George Washington: Farewell Address, September 19, 1796

Quote 938 details Share on Google+ - Quote 938 Linked In Share Button - Quote 938 My ardent desire is . . . to keep the U States free from political connexions with every other Country. To see that they may be independent of all, and under the influence of none.

Quote 478 details Share on Google+ - Quote 478 Linked In Share Button - Quote 478 My ardent desire is, and my aim has been... to comply strictly with all our engagements foreign and domestic; but to keep the U States free from political connections with every other Country. To see that they may be independent of all, and under the influence of none. In a word, I want an American character, that the powers of Europe may be convinced we act for ourselves and not for others; this, in my judgment, is the only way to be respected abroad and happy at home.

George Washington: letter to Patrick Henry, October 9, 1775

Quote 453 details Share on Google+ - Quote 453 Linked In Share Button - Quote 453 I have often expressed my sentiments, that every man, conducting himself as a good citizen, and being accountable to God alone for his religious opinions, ought to be protected in worshipping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience.

George Washington: letter to the General Committee of the United Baptist Churches in Virginia, May, 1789

Quote 507 details Share on Google+ - Quote 507 Linked In Share Button - Quote 507 The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.

George Washington: First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789

Quote 488 details Share on Google+ - Quote 488 Linked In Share Button - Quote 488 Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!

George Washington: letter to James Warren, March 31, 1779

Quote 513 details Share on Google+ - Quote 513 Linked In Share Button - Quote 513 There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.

George Washington: Annual Message, December 1793

Quote 514 details Share on Google+ - Quote 514 Linked In Share Button - Quote 514 There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily.

George Washington: letter to Edmund Randolph, July 31, 1795

Quote 444 details Share on Google+ - Quote 444 Linked In Share Button - Quote 444 Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.

George Washington: Farewell Address, September 19, 1796

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