One of the founding fathers of the US.
Commander of the Continental Army.
First President of the US.
Served 2 terms, ending in 1796.
Left John Adams (second president) with lots of problems to solve.
His Farewell Address told the nation to stay out of European Affairs.
George Washington in his youth, as a high-ranking soldier before the American Revolution.
GW, the first president of the United States of America.
*Was very concerned with obtaining status/prestige
*Led a Virginia militia in the French and Indian War (mainly in hopes of receiving a commission in the British Army)
*General of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War
*1st president, served two four year terms
*Was addressed as "His Excellency"
*Iconic figure, considered by men like Jefferson, Adams, Franklin to be the most important Founding Father
*Was highly revered by contemporaries, and this exalted status helped maintain the United States in its first chaotic years of government.
*Was more of a Federalist (central government authority, national bank, standing army) than a Jeffersonian Republican (revolutionary vision of country, agrarian republic, states' rights)
*Wasn't scared of bullets
*Had smallpox at age 19
*His actions in preventing the spread of smallpox in the Continental Army are considered by historians to be his greatest military achievement (as disease was rampant, controlled inoculations saved thousands of men)
*Usually seen with his black friend, both having superb mastery of riding horses.
*Based on cultural attitudes, if present day Americans actually read some of his letters, they would consider him to be something of a Nancy Fancypants
--George Washington, letter to Mt. Vernon, Sept. 30, 1776 (a few days before the British landing at Throg's Neck in NY)
"Did you know that George Washington once held an opponents wife's hand in a jar of acid...at a party?"
George Washington never did chop down a cherry tree, and this rumor was believed to be started by some school teacher with the knowledge of Mr. Garrison. He did, however, sleep everywhere, and it is unlikely that he just slept, since the chicks were getting a little bored with 'bundling'.
Geo. Washington: Yeah? Whadda' you want?
Boy: Are you Mr. Washington? George Washington?
Geo. Washington: Is this another one of you damn kids looking for a meal ticket?
Boy: But my mom says....
Geo. Washington: Look kid... I get a lot of this. The phone's ringing day and night, which is creepy since we've got another 100 years before its invention. But never mind that. Who's your mother, anyway?
Boy: Betsy Churchbottomfeeder.
Geo. Washington: Okay! I did spend the night at her house, but slept alone. Tell your mother to call an attorney. She ain't gettin' shit.
Boy: Oh, woe is me! A bastard once again! Boo-hoo, boo-hoo.
Geo. Washington: Lemme give you Jefferson's number. He falls for this shit all the time.
Boy: Thanks, bro!