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
George Washington would greet people with a bow instead of a handshake while president
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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 38584 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
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    George Arents Collection. The New York Public Library
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    George Arents Collection. The New York Public Library
  6. Date: 1827 - 1872
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    Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
  7. 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
  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
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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
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    Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
  19. Date: 1860-1860
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    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 676 details Share on Google+ - Quote 676 Linked In Share Button - Quote 676 Oh, eternal and everlasting God, direct my thoughts, words and work. Wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the lamb and purge my heart by the Holy Spirit. Daily, frame me more and more in the likeness of thy son, Jesus Christ, that living in thy fear, and dying in thy favor, I may in thy appointed time obtain the resurrection of the justified unto eternal life. Bless, O Lord, the whole race of mankind and let the world be filled with the knowledge of thy son, Jesus Christ.

George Washington: his Prayer Book

Quote 430 details Share on Google+ - Quote 430 Linked In Share Button - Quote 430 `Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent Alliances, with any portion of the foreign world.

George Washington: Farewell Address, September 19, 1796

Quote 853 details Share on Google+ - Quote 853 Linked In Share Button - Quote 853 To expect … the same service from raw and undisciplined recruits, as from veteran soldiers, is to expect what never did and perhaps never will happen. Men, who are familiarized to danger, meet it without shrinking; whereas troops unused to service often apprehend danger where no danger is.

George Washington: Letter to the President of Congress, February 9, 1776

Quote 503 details Share on Google+ - Quote 503 Linked In Share Button - Quote 503 The liberty enjoyed by the people of these states of worshiping Almighty God agreeably to their conscience, is not only among the choicest of their blessings, but also of their rights.

George Washington: to the Annual meeting of Quakers, September 1789

Quote 521 details Share on Google+ - Quote 521 Linked In Share Button - Quote 521 When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen; and we shall most sincerely rejoice with you in the happy hour when the establishment of American Liberty, upon the most firm and solid foundations shall enable us to return to our Private Stations in the bosom of a free, peacefully and happy Country.

George Washington: address to the New York Legislature, June 26, 1775

Quote 893 details Share on Google+ - Quote 893 Linked In Share Button - Quote 893 There is no saying to what length an enterprising man may push his good fortune.

George Washington: To the New York Council of Safety, August 4, 1777

Quote 878 details Share on Google+ - Quote 878 Linked In Share Button - Quote 878 Complaints ill become those who are found to be the first aggressors.

George Washington: to James Madison, March 21, 1787

Quote 435 details Share on Google+ - Quote 435 Linked In Share Button - Quote 435 Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.

George Washington: Circular to the States, May 9, 1753

Quote 434 details Share on Google+ - Quote 434 Linked In Share Button - Quote 434 And you will, by the dignity of your Conduct, afford occasion for Posterity to say, when speaking of the glorious example you have exhibited to Mankind, had this day been wanting, the World had never seen the last stage of perfection to which human nature is capable of attaining.

George Washington: The Newburgh Address, January 2, 1783

Quote 437 details Share on Google+ - Quote 437 Linked In Share Button - Quote 437 Can it be, that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a Nation with its virtue? The experiment, at least, is recommended by every sentiment which ennobles human Nature.

George Washington: Farewell Address, September 19, 1796

Quote 451 details Share on Google+ - Quote 451 Linked In Share Button - Quote 451 I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong.

George Washington: letter to Francis Van der Kamp, May 28, 1788

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

Quote 483 details Share on Google+ - Quote 483 Linked In Share Button - Quote 483 No morn ever dawned more favorable than ours did; and no day was every more clouded than the present! Wisdom, and good examples are necessary at this time to rescue the political machine from the impending storm.

George Washington: letter to James Madison, November 5, 1786

Quote 677 details Share on Google+ - Quote 677 Linked In Share Button - Quote 677 It is impossible to govern the world without God and the Bible. Of all the dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, our religion and morality are the indispensable supporters. Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that our national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

Quote 431 details Share on Google+ - Quote 431 Linked In Share Button - Quote 431 A people... who are possessed of the spirit of commerce, who see and who will pursue their advantages may achieve almost anything.

George Washington: letter to Benjamin Harrison, October 10, 1784

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