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George Washington is an American hero whose fame is not wholly accounted for by the record of his life. Like Lincoln, the man was infinitely greater than anything he did. A military genius, he wrested liberty from tyranny; a statesman, he helped evolve a stable government from political chaos; a patriot, he refused a crown. Wisdom, patience, tolerance, courage, consecration to the righteous cause animated his every act. Ingratitude, injustice and treachery never embittered him, but served to strengthen his character. He grew in dignity and in capacity to the need of his growing responsibility and power, but he never became arrogant and ambition and opportunity never tempted him from the narrow path of honor.
Quick facts and trivia:
Birthday: February 22, 1732
Birthplace: Wakefield, Virginia
College or University: none
Religion: Episcopalian
Occupation or Profession: Planter, Surveyor, Military
Military Rank: General
Married: (January 6, 1759) Mrs. Martha Dandridge Custis
- 2 step-children - John "Jackie" Parke Custis (1754 - 1781) and Martha "Patsy" Parke Custis (1756 - 1773)
- 2 step-grandchildren - Eleanor "Nelly" Parke Custis and George Washington "Washy" Parke Custis
President number: First President of U.S.
Political Party: None (Washington opposed the idea of political parties)
Runner Up: none
Vice President: John Adams
Age at Inauguration: 57
Served: 1789-1797
Number of terms: 2
Other Offices or Commissions: President of Constitutional Convention, Lieutenant General and Commander in Chief of new United States Army
Died: December 14, 1799
Age at Death: 67
Place of Burial: Mount Vernon, Virginia
Only President to be elected unanimously
Only President inaugurated in 2 cities - New York and Philadelphia
Only President that did not live in the White House. He was involved in the planning of the Capitol.
Washington did his own bookkeeping and recorded every penny of expense or profit. His ledgers still exist today.
There were 13 stars on the United States flag when Washington became President in 1789.
Five states were added to the Union during Washington's presidency - North Carolina (1789), Rhode Island (1790), Vermont (1791), Kentucky (1792), and Tennessee (1796).

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Birthday: February 12, 1809
Birthplace: Hardin County, Kentucky
College or University: none
Religion: Presbyterian (never joined any church)
Occupation or Profession: Clerk, Store Owner, Military, Lawyer
Military Rank: Captain
Married: (November 4, 1842) Mary Todd
Children: Robert Todd Lincoln, Edward Baker Lincoln, William Wallace Lincoln, Thomas Lincoln. Three sons predeceased Abraham.
President number: 16
Political Party: Republican
Runner Up: Stephen A. Douglas - George B. McClellan
Vice President: Hannibal Hamlin - Andrew Johnson
Age at Inauguration: 52
Served: 1861-1865
Number of terms : 2
Other Offices or Commissions: House of Representatives (Illinois - 1847-1849), State Legislature (Illinois 1834-1842), Postmaster of New Salem, Illinois
Died: April 15, 1865
Age at Death: 56
Place of Burial: Springfield, Illinois


Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, given November 19, 1863 on the battlefield near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that this nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from this earth.

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