By Anna KUDOVBENKO
George Washington, the first President of the United States was aman of integrity and was highly honored in the country for hisdeep sense of duty and patriotism. Being strongly againstdiscrimination or nepotism, he disliked taking undue advantage of his power. He has always stood as an example of republican virtuein America.George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 in Virginia toAugustine Washington and Mary Ball Washington. An Episcopalianby religion, he was the first mason to serve as a President.In 1759, Washington married Martha Dandridge Custis and became the father of two children.In 1775, George Washington became the commander-in-chief of the American RevolutionaryForces. He commanded the Continental Army and brought it to victory winning independencefor the United States of America.He became the only President to be electedunanimously, having received all the 69 electoral votes.Interestingly, he was not a member of any politicalparty. Rather, he disliked the idea of political parties.On April 30, 1789, George Washington took his oath of office as the first President of the United States. Hegave his inaugural speech before the members of bothhouses of Congress. His speech was about 2,000 wordslong. He began his second term of Presidency with aninaugural address of just about 135 words.George Washington was one of two Presidentswho signed the U.S. Constitution.Willing to be a public servant he preferred being calledMr. President rather than any of the glamorous namesthat he was offered. He refused to accept the salary hewas eligible for, as a President.In 1793, he announced the Proclamation of Neutrality,as a step towards avoiding foreign conflicts. By meansof the Jay Treaty in 1795, he started a decade of peacewith Britain.He died on December 14, 1799 in Mount Vernon,Virginia at the age of 67.
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George Washington as a colonel of the Virginiamilitia, 1772
George Washington was 6 feet, 2inches tall andweighed 200 pounds. He wore shoes of size 13. Whenyoung he wore his red hair tied in a line.