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George Washington

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Among the Founding Fathers of america, he served while commander-in-chief from the Continental Military during the Groundbreaking Battle, then was inaugurated because the initial U.S. Chief executive on Apr 30, 1789. His old half-brother, Lawrence, utilized personal connections using the Fairfax family members to get him appointed formal surveyor for Culpeper Region, a prestigious placement. His legacy like a commander at Valley Forge, Yorktown, and Boston was honored in 1917 when an asteroid was called after him: the 886 Washingtonia asteroid. He wedded widow Martha Dandridge Custis in January 1759, despite characters that would emerged displaying he was deeply in love with Sally Fairfax, a friend’s wife. He rejected the chance to run to get a third term as chief executive. He oversaw a clean transition where his vice chief executive, John Adams, was elected to workplace.

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Full Name George Washington
Date Of Birth February 22, 1732
Place Of Birth Virginia
Profession US President
Nationality American
Spouse Martha Washington
Parents Mary Ball Washington, Augustine Washington
Siblings Samuel Washington, Lawrence Washington, John Augustine Washington, Betty Washington Lewis, Charles Washington, Augustine Washington Jr., Butler Washington, Jane Washington, Mildred Washington
Awards Congressional Gold Medal, Thanks of Congress
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#Fact
1Was the wealthiest of all the presidents, primarily due to owning about 300 slaves. In 2013 dollars, he would be worth about $525 million.
2Loved ice cream and once spent two-hundred dollars, an exceptional sum of money at the time, on it over the course of one summer.
3Lost all but one of his teeth in his twenties and used ivory dentures afterwards.
4Was the first President of The United States elected under the U.S. Constitution. Term of office: 30 April 1789-4 March 1797.
5Had absolutely no experience in politics when he was asked to become the first president.
6He is the third tallest president of the United states after Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Baines Johnson, both of whom stood at six-feet four inches tall.
7One of the few presidents who did not have any children.
8The only U.S. President not to occupy the White House, as it was not completed until after his second term expired.
9He was he first person to sign the U.S. Constitution.
10Despite having many close calls, he was never seriously wounded in battle.
11He lost more battles than he won.


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#Quote
1War - An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will.
2When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen.
3Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
4It is impossible to govern the universe without the aid of a Supreme Being.
5Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.
6It may be laid down as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every Citizen who enjoys the protection of a Free Government, owes not only a proportion of his property, but even of his personal services to the defense of it.
7A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.
8I am persuaded, you will permit me to observe, that the path of true piety is so plain as to require but little political direction.
9Let your Discourse with Men of Business be Short and Comprehensive.
10My observation is that whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty... it is worse executed by two persons, and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein.
11Bad seed is a robbery of the worst kind: for your pocket-book not only suffers by it, but your preparations are lost and a season passes away unimproved.
12Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.
13Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
14I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent.
15Being no bigot myself to any mode of worship, I am disposed to indulge the professors of Christianity in the church, that road to heaven which to them shall seem the most direct plainest easiest and least liable to exception.
16Lenience will operate with greater force, in some instances than rigor. It is therefore my first wish to have all of my conduct distinguished by it.
17Some day, following the example of the United States of America, there will be a United States of Europe.
18It is impossible to reason without arriving at a Supreme Being.
19It is impossible to account for the creation of the universe without the agency of a Supreme Being.
20Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
21Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.
22Nothing can be more hurtful to the service, than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army the superiority over another.
23Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.
24Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.
25Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.
26The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure.
27The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.
28I have no other view than to promote the public good, and am unambitious of honors not founded in the approbation of my Country.
29I beg you be persuaded that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution.
30Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.
31There is nothing which can better deserve your patronage, than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.
32Religion is as necessary to reason as reason is to religion. The one cannot exist without the other. A reasoning being would lose his reason, in attempting to account for the great phenomena of nature, had he not a Supreme Being to refer to; and well has it been said, that if there had been no God, mankind would have been obliged to imagine one.
33Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
34It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.
35There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate, upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.
36Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government.
37Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.
38Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.
39Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
40The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.
41It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.
42If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.
43True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.
44We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.
45Impressed with a conviction that the due administration of justice is the firmest pillar of good government, I have considered the first arrangement of the judicial department as essential to the happiness of our country and to the stability of its' political system - hence the selection of the fittest characters to expound the laws, and dispense justice, has been an invariable object of my anxious concern.
46My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.
47The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism.
48Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.
49I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
50The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.
51Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.
52It is better to be alone than in bad company.
53If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
54To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.
55My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
56Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
57I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do, to see a plan adopted for the abolition of it - but there is only one proper and effectual mode by which it can be accomplished, and that is by Legislative authority: and this, as far as my suffrage will go, shall never be wanting.
58It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.
59Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.
60The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.
61Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.


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