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George Washington

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Birthday
22, 1732
Birthplace
Virginia
Death Date
Dec 14, 1799 (67)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
22, 1732
Birthplace
Virginia
Death Date
Dec 14, 1799 (67)

About

One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he served as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, then was inaugurated as the first U.S. President on April 30, 1789.

Before Fame

His older half-brother, Lawrence, used personal connections with the Fairfax family to have him appointed official surveyor for Culpeper County, a prestigious position.

Trivia

His legacy as a commander at Valley Forge, Yorktown, and Boston was honored in 1917 when an asteroid was named after him: the 886 Washingtonia asteroid.

Family Life

He married widow Martha Dandridge Custis in January 1759, despite letters that would come to light showing he was in love with Sally Fairfax, a friend's wife.

Associated With

He turned down the opportunity to run for a third term as president. He oversaw a smooth transition in which his vice president, John Adams, was elected to office.

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