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Did You Know?

George Washington was the only president to be elected unanimously.
He was the only president inaugurated in two cities: New York and Philadelphia.
He never lived in Washington, DC, although he was interested in the construction of the city and purchased property there.
He was an active and able mediator between his cabinet members Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson.


Key Events in the Administration

George Washington
(February 22, 1732 - December 14, 1799)

Life Facts

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First Lady: Martha Washington, Wife
Wife's Maiden Name: Martha Dandridge Custis
Number of Children: 2
Education Level: No College
Religion: Episcopalian
Profession: Military, Surveyor, Planter
Military Service: General

Public Service:
Dates of Presidency: 4/30/1789 - 3/3/1797
Presidency Number: 1
Number of Terms: 2
Why Presidency Ended: End of 2nd Term
His Vice President(s): John Adams
Colonial Government: House of Burgesses (1758-1774), Continental Congress (1774-1775)
Other Offices: President of Constitutional Convention
Methodology and Resources

Presidential Places

Birthplace: George Washington Birthplace National Monument: Popes Creek Plantation
Gravesite: Mount Vernon

Reference Material

Inaugural Address
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George Washington Life Portrait: From Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens - Alexandria, VA
 Guests included: Richard Norton Smith, historian; James Rees, resident director, Mt. Vernon Estate and Gardens; and Gladys Tancil, historical interpreter, Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
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  Washington biographical vignette Watch

Coxey Toogood and Thomas Fleming on Washington's boyhood home Watch
Online chat with historian Jack Warren Read the Transcript
Mary Thompson on Washington and slavery Watch

Federal Hall vignette Watch

  Charlene Bickford on the first Congress Watch

Richard Brookhiser on Washington's character Watch

David Adler, author, A Picture Book of George Washington Watch

James Rees on Washington and women Watch

  Tom McGuire and Bruce Stocking on Valley Forge Watch

Thomas Fleming on Washington's use of espionage Watch

  Washington and the Revolution, the Virginia Aristocracy, and the American West Watch

  Kenneth Bowling on the founding of Washington D.C. Watch

  Coxey Toogood on Deschler-Morris House Watch

Thomas Fleming on Washington's farewell address Watch

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