Today marks the 286th birthday of George Washington. I (Blake) enjoyed reading these interesting facts recently about the 1st President of the United States:
- The only president to be elected unanimously by the Electoral College. Did so twice actually!
- He never lived in Washington, D.C. and the only president to not occupy The White House
- Washington made the 1st Thanksgiving Proclaimation in U.S. History in 1789
- His 2nd inaugural address is the shorted on record (135 words delivered in less than 2 minutes)
- Since 1896, Washington’s farewell address is read annually in the U.S. Senate
- Born in Pope’s Creek Virginia on February 22nd in 1732
- 5 new states were admitted to the union during his presidency; North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, Kentucky, Tennessee)
- Formal Education: none
- George Washington was given no middle name – it was not a common thing in the early 1st century to have a middle name. Actually of the 1st 20 presidents only 5 had middle names
- At the age of 14 he tried to join the Royal Navy, but his mother would not allow it
- In 1751 while visiting Barbados with his step brother Lawrence he contracted small pox – which created an immunity to the disease that greatly helped him and our army during the Revolutionary War
- Barbados was the only time Washington traveled internationally during his life
- Inherited his 1st slave at the age of 11 from his father
- Was married to Martha in 1759 – married until his death 40 years later
- George and Martha had no children together – though George enjoyed 4 step- children
- He was the president of the Constitutional Convention and the 1st to sign the constitution
- Died December 14th, 1799 from a throat infection at age 67
- In his will he freed all the slaves he owned – the only U.S. President to do so
There were many more facts not included on this list. If interested in learning more about George Washington and his life I recommend two resources:
MountVernon.org – Key Facts – Fantastic website with so much information about G.W.
Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow – A solid book of Washington’s life from birth to death – highly recommend
Final fact: it was at the Maryland State House in Annapolis that General George Washington resigned his commission before the Continental Congress.
A shout out and thanks to Ted for the tour of the grounds and his shared love of history