George Washington at Princeton
Charles Wilson Peale (1779)
On this date in 1732 George Washington was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Often referred to as the "Father of our country" Washington was the Commanding General of the Continental Army during the American Revolution and was instrumental in winning our independence from Great Britain. He was called upon yet again by his countrymen when he was unanimously elected as our first President in 1789. Washington served two four-year terms in office before retiring a final time to his Mt. Vernon, Va. estate. He died on 14 December 1799 after a brief illness.