George Washington was one of the most popular Presidents of the United States. As the first to hold this office, he helped define the role of the president going forward. He served only two terms because he felt the president should not act like a king or become to powerful. He helped build the US government and aided in the planning of Washington D.C. He also formed the first presidential cabinet, which included such men as Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton.
Quick Facts about George Washington:
Birthday: February 22, 1732 in Wakefield, Virginia
Occupation: 1st president of the USA, Land surveyor, military, planter
Married: Martha Dandridge Custis
- Stepchildren – John “Jackie” Parke Custis (1754 – 1781) and Martha “Patsy” Parke Custis (1756 – 1773)
- Stepgrandchildren – Eleanor “Nelly” Parke Custis and George Washington “Washy” Parke Custis
Military Rank: General
Political Party: None (Washington opposed the idea of political parties)
Vice President: John Adams
States added to the Union during Washington’s presidency –
- North Carolina (1789)
- Rhode Island (1790)
- Vermont (1791)
- Kentucky (1792)
- Tennessee (1796)
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Cool Random Facts About George Washington:
George Washington was the only president to have 2 inaugurations.
Washington’s first inauguration was April 30, 1789 in New York City on the portico of Federal Hall in Lower Manhattan. His second inauguration was on March 4, 1793 in the Senate Chamber of Congress Hall in Philadelphia. Why not in Washington, D.C.? The government didn’t move there until 1800.
George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving Proclamation
Days of thanksgiving were celebrated sporadically in North America since the first days of the European settlements. A formal day of Thanksgiving was announced by Washington in 1789 as being November 26. He wanted to mark a day of “the Almighty’s care of Americans both during and after the Revolution”. He marked the day by donating beer and food to imprisoned debtors in the city.
George Washington was wealthy, but still needed cash.
Washington had to borrow money in order to move to New York City to become president. Most of his money was tied up in land holdings and he had to borrow £600 on a promissary note to move from Mt. Vernon to the house at 3 Cherry Street in Manhattan.