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George Washington

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1st President of the United States

In officeApril 30, 1789 – March 4, 1797

Vice President

John Adams

Preceded by

Office established

Succeeded by

John Adams

7th Senior Officer of the United States Army

In officeJuly 13, 1798 – December 14, 1799

President

John Adams

Preceded by

James Wilkinson

Succeeded by

Alexander Hamilton

Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army

In officeJune 14, 1775 – December 23, 1783

Appointed by

Continental Congress

Preceded by

Office established

Succeeded by

Henry Knox as Senior Officer

Delegate to the Continental Congress from Virginia

In officeMay 10, 1775 – June 15, 1775

Preceded by

Office established

Succeeded by

Thomas Jefferson

Constituency

Second Continental Congress In officeSeptember 5, 1774 – October 26, 1774

Preceded by

Office established

Succeeded by

Office abolished

Constituency

First Continental Congress

Member of the Virginia House of Burgesses

In officeMay 18, 1761 – May 6, 1776

Preceded by

Unknown

Succeeded by

Office abolished

Constituency

Fairfax County In officeJuly 24, 1758 – May 18, 1761

Preceded by

Thomas Swearingen

Succeeded by

George Mercer

Constituency

Frederick County

Personal details

Born

February 22, 1732 Popes Creek, Colony of Virginia, British America

Died

December 14, 1799Mount Vernon, Virginia, U.S.

Political party

Independent

Spouse

Martha Dandridge ( m.   1759 )

Children

JohnPatsy

Parents

Augustine WashingtonMary Ball Washington

Residence

Mount Vernon

Awards

Congressional Gold MedalThanks of Congress

Signature

Cursive signature in ink

Military service

Allegiance

  Kingdom of Great Britain  United States

Branch/service

Kingdom of Great BritainColonial forcesUnited StatesContinental Army  United States Army

Years of service

1752–581775–831798–99

Rank

ColonelGeneral and Commander-in-Chief US-O9 insignia.svgWashingtonInsig1782.jpgGeneral of the Armies

Commands

Virginia Regiment Continental Army United States Army

Battles/wars

French and Indian War
  • Battle of Jumonville Glen
  • Battle of Fort Necessity
  • Braddock Expedition
  • Battle of the Monongahela
  • Forbes Expedition

American Revolutionary War

  • Boston campaign
  • New York and New Jersey campaign
  • Philadelphia campaign
  • Yorktown campaign
  • Northwest Indian War

American Revolutionary War

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Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company. - George Washington

Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.

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It is better to be alone than in bad company. - George Washington

It is better to be alone than in bad company.

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It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company. - George Washington

It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.

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Let your Discourse with Men of Business be Short and Comprehensive. - George Washington

Let your Discourse with Men of Business be Short and Comprehensive.

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My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her. - George Washington

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.

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Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. - George Washington

Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

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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. - George Washington

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.

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We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience. - George Washington

We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.

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There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate, upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard. - George Washington

There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate, upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.

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Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. - George Washington

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.

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If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. - George Washington

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

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Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. - George Washington

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.

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True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation. - George Washington

True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.

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Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation. - George Washington

Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.

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It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible. - George Washington

It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.

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Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair the rest is in the hands of God. - George Washington

Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair the rest is in the hands of God.

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