AMERICAN LEGENDS: George Washington

August 18, 2020

Since I’ve been sharing legends on/about George Washington the last couple of weeks, today I thought I’d share some facts about him. It only seems appropriate. Most of the info comes from Mountvernon.com

So, here we go.

Hope you enjoy!

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  • first American president
  • commander of the Continental Army
  • president of the Constitutional Convention
  • “gentleman planter”
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  • born February 22, 1732 at Pope’s Creek, Virginia; his father was Augustine Washington (1694-1743) his mother was Mary Ball Washington (1708-1789)
  • he had 3 brothers and 2 sisters; 3 half brothers and 1 half sister
  • no formal education and was Anglican/Episcopalian in religion
  • George Washington did not have a middle name
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Popes Creek: Washington was born on a plantation that was situated on Popes Creek, which his father built. It is located less than a mile from the confluence of the Potomac river into Popes Creek, which was named for an early landowner in the area – Nathaniel Pope.

No Middle Name: Giving children middle names was not a common practice at the time George was born. It didn’t become popular until the early 19th century (1800’s). Only 5 of the first 20 presidents had middle names.

George Washington inherited his first slaves at the young age of 11: George grew up around slaves and as a young man, was okay with slavery. But as he got older, he began to question the use of slaves. By the end of his life, over 300 slaves had lived at Mount Vernon. In Washington’s will, he demanded that his slaves be freed at his wife’s death. After the American Revolution, Washington strongly opposed slavery, but as a public figure he didn’t make abolition a cause.

“I am fully persuaded [the Constitution] is the best that can be obtained at the present moment, under such diversity of ideas as prevail.” ~ George Washington, 1787

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  • George Washington wanted to join the royal navy, but his mother wouldn’t let him
  • George Washington learned to be a surveyor at the age of 16
  • While visiting Barbados, Washington contracted smallpox. This would be his onlt trip outside of the country.
  • Major Washington led an attack that started a world war (French and Indian War) in 1754; no one knows exactly who fired first
  • On July 1, 1754 Washington surrendered to the French at Fort Necessity; this would be the only time Washington would surrender to the enemy
Washington married Martha Dandridge Custis in 1759.
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  • on January 6, 1759, Washington married Martha Dandridge Custis; a widow, she came into the marriage with 4 children, Washington never had any children of his own
  • Washington was a great dancer
  • Mount Vernon was expanded two times while Washington lived there;
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  • Washington operated one of the largest distilleries in America at its time: at the time of his death, the distillery had produced almost 11,000 gallons of whiskey
  • Washington was appointed commander of the Continental army in 1775; he was never seriously wounded and lost more battles than he won, but his leadership skills helped to secure American Independence
  • Washington was the first to sign the Constitution; James Madison was the last
  • As the first president, Washington never occupied the white house; vice president was John Adams, Washington served 2 terms, resigning in 1797; his salary was $25,000; the Presidential residence was in New York, New York (1789-1790) and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1790-1797)
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β€œGuard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.”
~ George Washington

I figured this is a good place to stop, as there is so much more I could share with you. The rest will come at a later date.

Hope you have a great day!
Thanks for stopping by!!

6 Comments on “AMERICAN LEGENDS: George Washington

  1. Quiet informative

    So Washington was a great dancer?

    Well, I hear that Prince Andrew of Royal fame is a horrible dancer!

    There’s a history lesson in there, some where!

    • I’m sure! 😎
      I’m sure Washington did the ballroom dance quite well
      No clue as to the Harlem shake

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