Portrait of American general and first president George Washington.

George Washington

(1732 - 1799)

Born in 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia, George Washington served as a general and commander-in-chief of the colonial armies during the American Revolution. Following the war, he returned to his Mount Vernon estate, enlarging the house, laying out new grounds, and experimenting with mahogany, palmetto, pepper, and other foreign trees, grasses, and grains. In the first days of 1789, he was unanimously elected to be the first president of the United States, serving two terms, from 1789 to 1797. He died on December 14, 1799, in Mount Vernon, Virginia. Congressman Henry Lee famously eulogized Washington as “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”

All Writing

Be courteous to all but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.

—George Washington, 1783

The period is not very remote when the benefits of a liberal and free commerce will, pretty generally, succeed to the devastations and horrors of war.

—George Washington, 1786

Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

—George Washington, 1796

Gambling is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief.

—George Washington, 1783

Voices In Time

1796 | Philadelphia

Steering Clear

George Washington embraces American isolation.More

Voices In Time

1787 | Mount Vernon

Art of the Possible

George Washington finds the constitution to be perfectly satisfactory.More

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