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George Washington

In office
April 30, 1789 – March 4, 1797
Vice President John Adams
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by John Adams

In office
July 13, 1798 – December 14, 1799
Appointed by John Adams
Preceded by James Wilkinson
Succeeded by Alexander Hamilton

Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army
In office
June 15, 1775 – December 23, 1783
Appointed by Continental Congress
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Henry Knox (Senior Officer of the Army)

In office
May 10, 1775 – June 15, 1775
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Thomas Jefferson

In office
September 5, 1774 – October 26, 1774
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Position abolished

Born February 22, 1732(1732-02-22)
Westmoreland, Virginia Colony
Died December 14, 1799(1799-12-14) (aged 67)
Mount Vernon, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Martha Dandridge
Profession Planter
Officer
Religion Church of EnglandTemplate:\Episcopal
Signature Cursive signature in ink
Military service
Allegiance Template:Flagicon Great Britain
Template:Flagicon United States
Service/branch Virginia provincial militia
Continental Army
United States Army
Years of service Militia: 1752–1758
Continental Army: 1775–1783
Army: 1798–1799
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant general
US-O12 insignia.svg General of the Armies (posthumous: 1976)
Commands Virginia Colony's regiment
Continental Army
United States Army
Battles/wars French and Indian War
Template:*Battle of Jumonville Glen
Template:*Battle of Fort Necessity
Template:*Braddock Expedition
Template:*Battle of the Monongahela
Template:*Forbes Expedition
American Revolutionary War
Template:*Boston campaign
Template:*New York and New Jersey campaign
Template:*Philadelphia campaign
Template:*Yorktown campaign
Awards Congressional Gold Medal
Thanks of Congress

George Washington (February 22, 1732 [O.S. February 11, 1731] β€“ December 14, 1799) was the dominant military and political leader of the new United States of America from 1775 to 1799. He led the American victory over Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army in 1775–1783, and presided over the writing of the Constitution in 1787. The unanimous choice to serve as the first President of the United States (1789–1797), Washington presided over the creation of a strong, well-financed national government that stayed neutral in the wars raging in Europe, suppressed rebellion and won acceptance among Americans of all types. His leadership style established many forms and rituals of government that have been used ever since, such as using a cabinet system and delivering an inaugural address. Washington is universally regarded as the "Father of his country".

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