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General, President, Founding Father

Photograph of George Washington

Like Benjamin Franklin, George Washington is remembered as a Founding Father of our country. Unlike Franklin, who worked privately, Washington was the public leader of an infant nation. Born in Virginia on February 22, 1732, Washington served as Commander in Chief of the colonial forces in the American Revolution. History tells of his strength and leadership as the weakened colonial troops battled against the mighty British armies. Where others might have given up, Washington fought on. After victory against England, George Washington was unanimously elected as the first president of the United States of America. On April 30, 1789, he delivered his inaugural address in New York City. Washington served his country with honor, pride, and dignity. He brought respect to the office of the President, serving as a role model for later presidents. On September 17, 1796, Washington peacefully turned over the power of the presidency to John Adams.

Although he had no children of his own, George Washington was a devoted husband and father to his stepchildren. After leaving office, he returned to his family home, Mount Vernon, in Virginia. Just over three years later, on December 14, 1799, George Washington died at home of a cold he had caught two days earlier.


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