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Mr. President

George Washington
First President, 1789–1797

“I walk on
untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct that may not hereafter be drawn into precedent.”

Founding Father:
"First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen." This famous tribute to George Washington came from Revolutionary War General "Light-Horse" Henry Lee. Washington's confident leadership—first as the untiring commander of colonial military forces, then as America's unanimously elected first president—helped to strengthen a potentially fragile new democratic nation.

Portrait by Rembrandt Peale , circa 1795 . NPG.65.59 , Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery .

Fast Facts
Party: Federalist
Date of Birth: Friday, February 22, 1732
Date of Death: Saturday, December 14, 1799
Vice President: John Adams
First Lady: Martha Dandridge Custis Washington

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