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!
first American president
commander of the Continental Army
president of the Constitutional Convention
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
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
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
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;
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)
“Guard 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!!