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George Washington is an American hero whose fame is not wholly accounted for by the record of his life. Like Lincoln, the man was infinitely greater than anything he did. A military genius, he wrested liberty from tyranny; a statesman, he helped evolve a stable government from political chaos; a patriot, he refused a crown. Wisdom, patience, tolerance, courage, consecration to the righteous cause animated his every act. Ingratitude, injustice and treachery never embittered him, but served to strengthen his character. He grew in dignity and in capacity to the need of his growing responsibility and power, but he never became arrogant and ambition and opportunity never tempted him from the narrow path of honor.

Quick facts and trivia:

Birthday: February 22, 1732
Birthplace: Wakefield, Virginia (near Pope's Creek, Virginia)
College or University: none
Religion: Episcopalian
Occupation or Profession: Planter, Surveyor, Military
Military Rank: General
Married: (January 6, 1759) Mrs. Martha Dandridge Custis
- 2 stepchildren - John "Jackie" Parke Custis (1754 - 1781) and Martha "Patsy" Parke Custis (1756 - 1773)
- 2 stepgrandchildren - Eleanor "Nelly" Parke Custis and George Washington "Washy" Parke Custis
President number: First President of U.S.
Political Party: None (Washington opposed the idea of political parties)
Runner Up: none
Vice President: John Adams
Age at Inauguration: 57
Served: 1789-1797
Number of terms: 2
Other Offices or Commissions: President of Constitutional Convention, Lieutenant General and Commander in Chief of new United States Army
Died: December 14, 1799
Age at Death: 67
Place of Burial: Mount Vernon, Virginia
Other Interesting Facts and Trivia:
- Washington was the only president to be elected unanimously.
- Washington became known as "the father of his country."
- Washington was the only president inaugurated in 2 cities - New York and Philadelphia.
- Washington was the only president that did not live in the White House. He was involved in the planning of the Capitol.
- Washington did his own bookkeeping and recorded every penny of expense or profit. His ledgers still exist today.
- There were 13 stars on the United States flag when Washington became President in 1789.
- Five states were added to the Union during Washington's presidency - North Carolina (1789), Rhode Island (1790), Vermont (1791), Kentucky (1792), and Tennessee (1796).
- By the time Washington became president, he had only one real tooth left. He had many sets of false teeth.

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