1. George Washington

The Periodic Table of the Presidents - Gw  George Washington Official Portrait

“Father of His Country”

  • Full Name: George Washington
  • Years in Office: 1789-1797
  • Political Party: None, but favored Federalists
  • Nickname: “Father of His Country”
  • Age at Inauguration: 57
  • Vice President: John Adams
  • Birth: February 22, 1732 in Pope’s Creek, Westmoreland County, Virginia
  • Death: December 14, 1799 at Mount Vernon, Virginia
  • Place of Burial: Mount Vernon, Virginia
  • Height: 6’2″
  • Ancestry: English
  • Father: Augustine Washington (1694–1743); Planter/iron manufacturer
  • Mother: Mary Ball Washington (1708–1789)
  • Wife: Martha Dandridge Custis (June 21, 1731 – May 22, 1802)
  • Marriage: January 6, 1759 in New Kent County, Virginia
  • Children: None; Adopted two children from his wife’s first marriage: John “Jack” Parke Custis and Martha “Patsy” Custis
  • Home: Mount Vernon, Virginia
  • Education: Private tutoring by family
  • Religious Affiliation: Episcopalian
  • Military Service: Yes
  • Career:
    • Surveyor in the western frontier (1748–)
    • Planter
    • Officer with Virginia Militia (1752–)
    • Commander-in-Chief of Virginia Militia (1755)
    • Member of Virginia House of Burgesses (1759–1774)
    • Justice of Fairfax County
    • Member of Continental Congress (1774–1775)
    • Commander-in-Chief of Continental Army (1775–1783)
    • President of Constitutional Convention (1787–1788)
    • President (1789–1797)
  • Writings: The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscripts


Spotlight Artifact

George Washington’s False Teeth

George Washington's Teeth

Image from Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association

Contrary to the popular legend, George Washington’s false teeth were not made of wood. In fact, Washington’s dentures were constructed of materials such as bone, human teeth, cow teeth, lead, brass, gold wire, and even hippopotamus ivory. According to the Mount Vernon website, Washington had only one real tooth remaining at his first inauguration. Despite his noteworthy physical strength and impressive persona, Washington was most likely plagued by dental difficulties for most of his adult life. 

Source: http://www.mountvernon.org





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