56 Facts About George Washington

1. Since that time, George Washington has appeared on many postage issues, more than all other presidents combined.

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2. George Washington appears on contemporary US currency, including the one-dollar bill and the quarter-dollar coin.

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3. The state of George Washington is the only state to be named after a president.

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4. On October 7, 1837, George Washington's remains were placed, still in the original lead coffin, within a marble sarcophagus designed by William Strickland and constructed by John Struthers earlier that year.

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5. George Washington was buried in the old family vault at Mount Vernon, situated on a grassy slope covered with juniper and cypress trees.

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6. When he was President, George Washington maintained distant supervision of Mount Vernon through letters to his overseers, though there is only one account from him authorizing a whipping that was given to a slave who had badly beaten his wife.

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7. George Washington had planned to retire after his first term as President.

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8. George Washington remained popular approaching the election of 1792, and Hamilton urged him to run for a second term.

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9. George Washington was outraged over the Indians' brutality and the fact that they executed captured survivors, including women and children.

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10. George Washington treated the Creek Chief as a foreign dignitary and presented him with gifts.

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11. George Washington had made numerous attempts to conciliate relations with Indians in an effort to have them co-exist with settlers.

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12. George Washington made Indian policy a high priority from the very start of his administration in 1789, determined that Indian affairs would be "directed entirely by the great principles of Justice and humanity".

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13. George Washington was not immune to Republican criticism after he signed the Jay Treaty, and was subjected to the most severe and frequent public criticism of his life.

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14. George Washington denounced the societies and demanded that the French recall Genet.

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15. George Washington remained aloof from congressional attacks on Hamilton, but he did not write a public statement to protect him.

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16. George Washington sought advice from his cabinet; Jefferson and Randolph strongly opposed the new bank constitutionally, while Hamilton believed that it was within the authority of the government's enumerated powers.

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17. George Washington said, "It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.

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18. George Washington signed a proclamation on October 3, 1789, making November 26, 1789, to be the first Thanksgiving, in order to encourage national unity—although Thanksgiving was not established as an annual holiday until 1863.

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19. George Washington won the majority of every state's electoral votes, while Adams received the next highest vote total and was elected Vice President—originally a post given to the candidate with the second-highest portion of the vote.

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20. George Washington suspected that most republicans had not voted for him.

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21. George Washington took great satisfaction in the surrender but kept his taciturn composure.

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22. George Washington assumed personal command of West Point and worked diligently to reorganize the order of command and strengthen defensive positions.

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23. George Washington was outraged, and immediately recalled the commanders positioned under Arnold at key points around the fort to prevent this complicity.

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24. George Washington has been called "America's first spymaster", for having arduously developed a successful espionage system to detect British military locations and plans.

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25. George Washington went into quarters at Morristown, New Jersey during the harsh winter of 1779 and 1780, which subjected the troops to some of their worst suffering during the war, with temperatures well below freezing.

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26. George Washington relieved Lee and continued fighting, essentially to a draw, in one of the war's most expansive battles.

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27. George Washington recruited men into the Regular Army and assigned their training to Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, whose incessant drilling soon transformed them into a disciplined fighting force.

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28. George Washington expressed the urgency of the situation, proclaiming: "Something must be done.

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29. George Washington had repeatedly petitioned the Continental Congress for badly needed provisions without success.

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30. George Washington was concerned that Gates's victory was going to give impetus to his critics.

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31. George Washington captured 850 British and Hessian troops and large amounts of supply before retreating back across the Delaware to Pennsylvania.

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32. George Washington personally led the charge, aided by Major General Henry Knox and his artillery.

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33. George Washington waited in despair while Knox and the rest of the Army crossed the river, and feared he might have to abandon his attack on Trenton; by 4:00, Knox and his artillery regiments finally made it.

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34. George Washington learned of a complacency within Howe's army and, believing the future of the country was riding on his shoulders, met with his generals on Christmas Eve and devised an intricate plan of surprise attack on the Hessian garrison at Trenton.

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35. George Washington was disappointed to discover that many New Jersey residents were Loyalists or simply skeptical about the prospect of independence.

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36. George Washington crossed the Delaware River into Pennsylvania, where Lee's replacement John Sullivan and 2,000 troops joined him.

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37. George Washington was responsible for the decision to delay the retreat, but he faulted the Congress and Nathanael Greene.

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38. In late 1775, George Washington had sent staff officer Henry Knox to the recently captured Fort Ticonderoga for gunpowder and cannons.

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39. George Washington was impressed by the enthusiasm of Colonel Benedict Arnold and gave him the responsibilities of invading Canada.

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40. George Washington appeared at the Congress, poised for war in a military uniform.

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41. George Washington became a political figure and soon emerged as a leader among the social elite in Virginia.

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42. George Washington had a high regard for the Masonic Order, but his personal lodge attendance was sporadic.

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43. George Washington was attracted to the Masons' dedication to the Enlightenment principles of rationality, reason, and brotherhood.

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44. George Washington emphasized religious toleration in a nation with numerous denominations and religions.

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45. George Washington believed in a "wise, inscrutable, and irresistible" Creator God who was active in the Universe, contrary to deistic thought.

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46. George Washington never received the Royal commission he sought, but he acquired military, political, and leadership skills that proved invaluable during the American Revolution.

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47. George Washington was promoted to honorary Brigadier General, and he and two regiments under his command were ordered to cooperate.

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48. George Washington continued to advocate the capture of Fort Duquesne, and the British crown sent Commanding General John Forbes, Colonel Thomas Gage, and British regulars to take the post in 1758.

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49. George Washington was 23, in charge of defending 300 miles with only 300 men.

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50. Upon his return to Virginia, George Washington refused to accept a demotion to the rank of captain and resigned his commission.

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51. George Washington ordered the first shot fired in the former war.

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52. George Washington inherited his Mount Vernon estate after the deaths of Lawrence's wife Ann and their daughter.

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53. George Washington stopped surveying within a few years but continued purchasing land.

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54. George Washington was reared in the rich open farmlands of Virginia's Tidewater region.

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55. As the country's premier statesman, George Washington was unanimously elected President by the Electoral College in the first two national elections.

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56. George Washington was born to a moderately prosperous family of planters and slaveholders in colonial Virginia.

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