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Who is George Washington?

Diana Bocco
Updated May 23, 2024
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George Washington was the United States of America's first president. Washington's passion for a free country led him to fully support the American Revolutionary War and secured him the title of "father of the nation."

George Washington was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia on 22 February 1732 to a family of planters, a profession he embraced himself early on. After graduating from university, Washington worked as a land surveyor until the French and Indian War started and he decided to join the war. His leadership during the war later won him an appointment as the American Army's commander in chief, which he held until the end of war in 1783.

George Washington's intentions were to go back to his early work as a planter, but his love for the emerging nation kept bringing him back to the center of political upheavals. He was one of the driving forces behind the drafting of the Constitution, and the key creator of a new tax system and the first national bank.

As the first US president, Washington was responsible for establishing an executive department and avoiding future conflicts with Britain, which he did by signing the Jay Treaty, which guaranteed the United States fair trade with other nations without the need for British approval. He also spoke openly about the importance of freedom of religion.

George Washington married a widow and had no children of his own, but he helped raise two stepchildren and, later on, two of his grandchildren. Washington owned 317 slaves at his plantation in Mount Vernon, but since he refused to break families, he never sold any of them, even when they were not longer productive at the farm. Washington did, however, leave a statement declaring his slaves free after the death of his wife.

George Washington died on his bed on 14 December 1799 of an acute case of pneumonia. The illness developed overnight and it was possibly worsened by the fact that his doctor used bleeding techniques in his treatment. The first U.S. president is buried in Mount Vernon.

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Diana Bocco
By Diana Bocco
Diana Bocco, a versatile writer with a distinct voice, creates compelling long-form and short-form content for various businesses. With a data-focused approach and a talent for sharing engaging stories, Diana’s written work gets noticed and drives results.
Discussion Comments
By Qohe1et — On Mar 04, 2011

This man was an ideal hero that American needed to get itself started on the right foot. He certainly had his flaws, but most of them have been lost to history due to the fact that people like to idealize a national figure and suppose him to be flawless. Lincoln was another flawed leader that Americans tend to idealize as a perfect person and martyr.

By BigBloom — On Mar 01, 2011

George Washington was impotent and therefore couldn't have any kids. He was also a very strong leader who made almost as many enemies as friends. Benedict Arnold did not like serving under his leadership and chose to rebel. This was not because Arnold was evil, but because he felt he suffered under the indomitable spirit of Washington.

By saba15220 — On May 19, 2009

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