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George Washington

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George Washington, painted by Gilbert Stuart in 1797

George Washington was the first president of the United States of America.

He was born in colonial America at Westmoreland, Virginia on February 22, 1732. From 1754-1758, he served in the army. By the age of 23, he was a colonel in charge of all the soldiers in Virginia.

He was active in the French and Indian War (1754 - 1763). Washington was a farmer and a surveyor in his private life. He was appointed Commander in Chief on June 14, 1775, and led the troops during the American Revolutionary War (1775 - 1783).

Washington at Mount Vernon

Following the war, Washington was elected the first president of the United States in 1789. Washington continued his presidency from 1789 until 1797. He resigned from office, and retired to Mount Vernon. He was succeeded by John Adams.

Washington died on December 14, 1799 at the age of 67. He was diagnosed with a severe inflammation of the upper airway. He and his wife Martha Washington are buried at Mount Vernon.

Currency[edit | edit source]

George Washington is on the U.S. dollar's one-dollar bill ($1) and twenty-five-cent quarter (25¢).

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