George Washington
George Washington
Basic Information
Name: George Washington
Status: Deceased
Age: 67 (at death)
Date of birth: February 22, 1732
Birthplace: Westmoreland,
Virginia Colony,
British America
Date of death: December 14, 1799
Place of death: Mount Vernon, Virginia,
United States of America
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Affiliation: Continental Army
Profession: Commander-in-chief
President of the United States
Rank: Continental Army:
United States Army:
General of the Armies (posthumous)
Family Information
Father: Augustine Washington (d. 1743)
Mother: Mary Ball Washington (d. 1789)
Sibling(s): Brothers:
Samuel Washington (d. 1781)
John Augustine Washington (d. 1787)
Charles Washington (d. 1799)
Betty Washington Lewis (d. 1797)
Mildred Washington (d. 1740)
Marital status: Married
Spouse(s): Martha Dandridge Custis (d. 1802)
Other family: Nephews:
Bushrod Washington (d. 1829)

George Washington (February 22, 1732 [O.S. February 11, 1731]—December 14, 1799) was the first President of the United States of America, serving from 1789 to 1797, and dominant military and political leader of the United States from 1775 to 1799. He led the American victory over Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army from 1775 to 1783, and presided over the writing of the Constitution in 1787. Washington became the first president by unanimous choice, and oversaw the creation of a strong, well-financed national government that maintained neutrality in the wars raging in Europe, suppressed rebellion and won acceptance among Americans of all types. His leadership style established many forms and rituals of government that have been used since, such as using a cabinet system and delivering an inaugural address. Washington is universally regarded as the "Father of his country".


Early life (1732–1753)Edit

The first child of Augustine Washington (1694–1743) and his second wife, Mary Ball Washington (1708–1789), George Washington was born on their Pope's Creek Estate near present-day Colonial Beach in Westmoreland County, Virginia. According to the Julian calendar and Annunciation Style of enumerating years, then in use in the British Empire, Washington was born on February 11, 1731; when the Gregorian calendar was implemented in the British Empire in 1752, in accordance with the provisions of the Calendar (New Style) Act 1750, his birth date became February 22, 1732.

Presidency (1789–1797)Edit

Main article: Presidency of George Washington


Military offices
New creation Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army
Succeeded by
Henry Knox
as Senior Officer of the Army
Preceded by
James Wilkinson
Senior Officer of the Army
Succeeded by
Alexander Hamilton
Political offices
New creation
President of the United States
Succeeded by
John Adams
Honorary titles
New title Oldest living President of the United States
Succeeded by
John Adams

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