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by John T. Marck

1st President

Term- April 30, 1789 to March 4, 1797

Federalist Party

 Birth: Pope's Creek (Wakefield) Westmoreland County, Virginia, February 22, 1732.

Ancestry: English

Marriage: Kent County, Virginia, January 6, 1759 to Martha Dandridge Custis, who was born in New Kent County, Virginia, June 21, 1731. Martha died at Mount Vernon, Virginia, May 22, 1802, and is buried at Mount Vernon, Virginia.

Children: None (adopted two children from his wife's first marriage)

Home: Mount Vernon, Virginia

Education: Private Tutoring by family.

Religion: Episcopalian

Occupation before Presidency: Surveyor, soldier, planter.

Military Service: Virginia Militia (1752-1758); Commander in Chief of Continental Army 1775-1783).

Pre-Presidential Offices: Member of Virginia House of Burgesses Justice of Fairfax County, Delegate to First and Second Continental Congresses, President of Constitutional Convention.

Age at Inauguration: 57

First Administration: Vice-President: John Adams, Inauguration April 30, 1789, Federal Hall, New York, NY

Second Administration: Vice-President: John Adams, Inauguration March 4, 1793, Senate Chamber of Congress Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Occupation after Presidency: Planter and General of the Army

Death: Mount Vernon, Virginia, December 14, 1799

Cause of Death: Pneumonia at age 67

Place of Burial: Mount Vernon, Virginia

 Interesting Facts:

A famous story relates how Washington, as a boy, admitted chopping down his father's cherry tree, with the words "Father, I cannot tell a lie." The tale was probably invented to show the great man's love of the truth.

Washington gave the shortest inaugural address of all the Presidents, speaking only one hundred thirty-five words at his second inaugural.

George Washington maintained five separate farms at his Mount Vernon Estate.

Of the many statues of Washington, the only one rendered from life is that which stands in the Rotunda of the Capitol in Richmond, Virginia.

Copyright 1990-2022 by John T. Marck. All Rights Reserved. This article and their accompanying pictures, photographs, and line art, may not be resold, reprinted, or redistributed for compensation of any kind without prior written permission from the author. From The Presidents of the United States by John T. Marck.