George Washington is an American hero whose life and contributions to America as it is today is taught in history classrooms around the world. George Washington was the dominant military and political leader of the new United States of America from 1775 to 1797, leading the American victory over Britain in the American Revolutionary War, and presiding over the writing of the Constitution in 1787. Washington’s experience, his military bearing, his leadership of the Patriot cause in Virginia made him the obvious choice of the Second Continental Congress in 1775 as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. Washington presided over the Constitutional Convention that drafted the United States Constitution in 1787 because of his dissatisfaction with the weaknesses of Articles of Confederation. After all that Washington became President of the United States in 1789. Below you will find facts, trivia, quotes, and a timeline of George Washington’s life.
Facts and Fun Trivia About George Washington
When was George Washington born: February 22, 1732
Where was George Washington born: Wakefield, Virginia
Where did George Washington go to college: He didn’t
What was his religion: Episcopalian
What was his occupation: Planter, Surveyor, Military
What was George Washington’s military rank: General
Who was George Washington married to: Mrs. Martha Dandridge Custis
President number: First President of U.S.
Political Party: George Washington didn’t like the idea of political parties so he didn’t have one
Who was George Washington’s vice president: John Adams
When was George Washington president: 1789-1797
How many terms did George Washington Serve: 2
When did George Washington die: December 14, 1799
How old was George Washington when he died: 67
Where is George Washington buried: Mount Vernon, Virginia
Fun Facts about George Washington’s Presidency
George Washington was the only President to be elected unanimously
George Washington was the only President inaugurated in 2 cities – New York and Philadelphia
George Washington was the only President that did not live in the White House.
Washington did his own bookkeeping and recorded every penny of expense or profit.
There were 13 stars on the United States flag when Washington became President.
What states were added to the Union during Washington’s presidency – North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, Kentucky, and Tennessee
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George Washington Quotes
- “A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.”
- “Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation. It is better be alone than in bad company.”
- “Bad seed is a robbery of the worst kind: for your pocket-book not only suffers by it, but your preparations are lost and a season passes away unimproved.”
- “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.”
- “Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.”
- “Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.”
- “Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.”
- “I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.”
- “I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent.”
- “Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.”
- “Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.”
- “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”
- “I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery.”
- “I have no other view than to promote the public good, and am unambitious of honors not founded in the approbation of my Country.”
- “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
Timeline of George Washington’s Life
1732 Born in Westmoreland County, Virginia
1749 Official Surveyor for Culpeper County, Virginia
1751 Washington goes to Barbados
1753 Major Washington carried British ultimatium to the French in the Ohio River Valley
1754 Colonel Washington surrendered Fort Necessity in the French and Indian War
1755-1758 Colonel Washington commanded Virginia’s frontier troops.
1759 Married Mrs. Martha Dandridge Custis
1774 Elected delegate to the First Continental Congress
1775 Elected delegate to the Second Continental Congress
1775 Elected Commander in Chief of the Continental Army
1776 The Declaration of Independence was signed by the Continental Congress.
1781 Victory at Yorktown
1787 Elected President of the Constitutional Convention
1789 Elected first President of the United States
1789 North Carolina becomes a state.
1790 Washington approved plans for the U.S. Capitol.
1790 Rhode Island becomes a state.
1791 Congress established the District of Columbia.
1791 Vermont becomes a state.
1792 Congress established a national mint.
1792 Kentucky becomes a state.
1793 Re-elected President of the United States
1793 Washington issued the Neutrality Proclamation to keep the United States out of the war between France and Great Britain.
1793 Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
1793 The cotton gin was invented. Led to mass production and increase of slave labor.
1794 The Whisky Rebellion: Washington sent troops to crush an uprising by Pennsylvania farmers who refused to pay a federal whisky tax.
1795 Washington signed the unpopular Jay Treaty to maintain trade with Great Britain.
1796 Tennessee becomes a state.
1796 Published his Farewell Address, refusing a third term.
1798 Commissioned Lieutenant General and Commander in Chief of the new United States Army
1799 Died at Mount Vernon at the age of 67
10 Fun Facts about George Washington
There are many facts about George Washington that are very well known. If you were to ask most people about him than they would be more than likely to give you some very basic facts. Many people know that he was one of our founding fathers and the first president of the United States. But, there are many fascinating facts about this enigmatic figure that are lesser known. Today, we are going to be delving into these lesser known details of this complex man and tell you 10 fun facts about George Washington.
George Washington was an avid horse rider and he is often pictured mounted on his faithful steed during the American Revolution. But, did you know that George Washington is credited for introducing the mule to the United States? He was a big fan of mules and believed them to be better work animals than horses were. So, he embarked on a breeding program where his prized horses were mated with donkeys and thus produced mules. The first donkey he used in this ambitious breeding program was received as a gift from the King of Spain, after the end of the Revolutionary War. This donkey, along with another donkey that he received from the Spanish King, was used as breeding stock to stock his plantation with mules. His breeding program was so successful, Mount Vernon had almost sixty mules by 1799.
Our next fun fact about George Washington illustrates why he was often considered a man of few words. George Washington’s Second Inaugural Address was the shortest one ever given by a U.S. President. It rung in at a mere one hundred and thirty-five words and took only a few moments to recite. You can contrast that with the longest inaugural address, which was given by William Henry Harrison in 1841. Harrison’s speech went on for almost two hours and preceded on of the shortest presidencies in American history. Washington’s speech last only a few minutes, but marked one of the most important presidencies in American history. Now, isn’t that ironic?
Another fun fact about George Washington centers around his political beliefs. He was the only president not to belong to a political party. During his presidency, George Washington established many of the ceremonies and customs of the Office of the President of the United States, and as such gave shape to our political system. But, one thing that he hated was political parties. He believed political parties would contribute to stagnation and bitter rivalries within the government. Unfortunately, his views were superseded when his closest adviser, Alexander Hamilton, organized the Federalist Party.
Our fourth fun fact about George Washington involves him and the White House. While the White House and George Washington seem to go together like America and baseball, there is one thing that is often overlooked by most people. George Washington was the only president to never have lived in the White House. Yes, though he spent a considerable amount of time on its planning, and even helped choose the site for it, it wasn’t completed in time for him to use it as a residence. The first American President to live in the White House would be John Adams.
Coming in at number five on our list is George Washington’s famous dentures. Many people realize that President Washington had dentures, but most people believe that they were constructed of wood. Unfortunately, this belief is dead wrong. Wooden teeth would have been highly uncomfortable and most likely would have left splinters. George Washington had access to the best dentists of the time, who crafted him false teeth made out of ivory, gold, lead, animal bone and human teeth.
Number six on our list of fun facts about this founding father, involves the strange importance that Friday’s had in his life. Most of us have a day of the week we favor, but Friday’s seemed to be play a major role during important parts of his life. George Washington was born on a Friday, he became Lieutenant Colonel on a Friday, he laid the foundation stone for the White House on a Friday, and he was elected President of the Constitutional Congress on a Friday. He even completed the last day of his last term as president on a Friday!!
George Washington was a president who was particular about what he ate. Which brings us to number seven on our list. George Washington was very fond of peanut soup and ate it almost everyday. He was also fond of green beans served with mushrooms. But, his favorite food of all time was ice cream. In fact, he was so fond of ice cream that he had ice cream coolers installed in his home. An act that was nearly unheard of during the eighteenth century.
Our number eight fun fact about George Washington concerns itself with his widespread popularity. While many people realize that he was a popular president, many don’t know just how popular he was. There is one state (Washington State), thirty-one counties and eighteen cities named in his honor. Not to mention that his face adorns the dollar bill, Mount Rushmore and his face was placed on the first postage stamp ever created for the United States.
George Washington was also the first President of the United States to free all his slaves. President Washington had over one hundred slaves on his Mount Vernon estate when he died in 1799. Upon his death, these slaves were granted their freedom per the terms set down in his will.
Speaking of his death, brings me to number ten on our list. George Washington was supposed to be buried under the Capitol Building. In fact, there is an empty vault that is still there that was reserved for the first president. But, President Washington wanted to be buried at his Mount Vernon estate, and as such was buried there alongside his wife.
And that concludes our list of 10 Fun Facts about George Washington. This list illustrates the fact that George Washington was not only a great military leader and president, but he was first and foremost a human being. Complete with all the flaws and idiosyncrasies that we all have. And by the way, George Washington never chopped down his father’s cherry tree. That was a story that was conceived by Parson Mason Weems, writer of his biography, in order to sell more books!