George Washington by Gilbert Stuart

George Washington

First President of the United States

George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 and was the first President of the United States (1789 to 1797). Washington served as the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War where he led America to victory. Greatly admired for his elegance and military bearing, he created and trained an army of skilled soldiers. His military genius and ability to choose the best talent helped the Army survive the destitution of the Winter at Valley Forge. Because of his outstanding leadership, Washington was unanimously elected as to be the first president after the war at the Constitutional Convention. Although he could have chosen to exert near-dictatorial powers, he respected the balance of power and was instrumental in creating the presidency as part of the U.S. government’s three branches. President Washington is known as revolutionary hero who embodied the principals of American exceptionalism.

“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”

”Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”

“Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.”

“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”

George Washington dubbed the title “Mr. President,” as the proper way to address the President of the United States of America.

Washington became the head of Mount Vernon, one of Virginia’s most prominent estates, when he was just 20 years old.

Washington loved horses and bred hound dogs.  He gave them some funny names too: Tartar, Truelove, and Sweet Lips.

Washington’s favorite foods were cream of peanut soup, mashed sweet potatoes with coconut, and string beans with mushrooms.

Washington gave his famous Farewell Address to step down as president and not seek a third term in office.