Celebrating what would be George Washington’s 287th birthday

The first President of the United States, George Washington, was born on this day in 1732 at Popes Creek in Westmoreland County, Virginia.

The Library of Congress described the life of George Washington saying, “George Washington was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia. When his father died in 1743, young George was sent to live with relatives first at Ferry Farm and later at Mt. Vernon, the estate of his elder half-brother Lawrence. The first president of the United States was self-educated, privately tutored, and homeschooled by his father and his brother Lawrence for eight years. This constituted his “formal” schooling.

A county surveyor and colonial activist, he later became a delegate to the Continental Congress and was commissioned as commander-in-chief of revolutionary America’s armed forces, a position that John Hancock had hoped to assume. George Washington was elected president of the United States in 1789 and reelected in 1792. His expanded remarks, after taking the oath of office in 1793 set a precedent for future presidential inaugural addresses.”

The complete Library of Congress article can be read by clicking, here.

Friday, there was a birthday celebration at Washington’s home, Mount Vernon.


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