George Washington

George Washington

Who He Was:

Lived from February 22, 1732 to December 14, 1799

Founding Father

Presided over Constitutional Convention

Delegate to the First Continental Congress for Virginia from September 5, 1774 – October 26, 1774

Delegate to the Second Continental Congress for Virginia from May 10, 1775 – June 15, 1775

Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army from June 15, 1775 – December 23, 1783

Senior Officer of the Army from July 13, 1798 – December 14, 1799

1st President of the United States from April 30, 1789 – March 4, 1797

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Words of Wisdom:

But lest some unlucky event should happen unfavorable to my reputation, I beg it may be remembered by every gentleman in the room that I this day declare with the utmost sincerity, I do not think myself equal to the command I am honored with.” ~ Formal acceptance of command of the Army, 1775

Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country.” ~ Letter to Benedict Arnold, 1775

Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world that a Freeman, contending for liberty on his own ground, is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.” ~ General Orders, Headquarters, New York, 1776

The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.” ~ Address to the Continental Army, Battle of Long Island, 1776

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.” ~ Letter to Maj. General Robert Howe, 1779

A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.” ~ First Annual Address, to both House of Congress, 1790

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