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George Washington: Our First President

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George Washington: Our First President
Later Life
Moved to Mount Vernon after his presidency to pursue agriculture.
He became ill with throat inflammation less than three years later.
He never recovered from his illness and died on December 14, 1799 at age 67.
Washington's last words were "Tis well."
When it All Began
He was born on February 22, 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia.

His family was wealthy and owned tobacco plantations and slaves.

The Early Years
As he got older, Washington became intrigued by military arts and western expansion.

Appointed to lieutenant colonel in 1754, he fought in first battles of French and Indian War.
Was asked to return to battle three times at various authoritative positions during the French-Indian War.
Was elected to one of the colonies first representative governments in 1758 (The Virginia House of Burgesses).
Selected for both First and Second Continental Congress and later named Commander and Chief of armed forces.

Accomplishments as President
Elected unanimously for both of his terms
Helped establish the US federal judiciary
Organized the first US Cabinet and Executive Branch
Urged the US to stay neutral during French Revolution
Did You Know?
George Washington's yearly income for being president was $25,000.
16 states were in the Union when he stepped down as president.
He was the only president who did not live in Washington, D.C.
He introduced mules to America when he bred donkeys with his horses.
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