(In office April 30, 1789 – March 4, 1797)
February 22, 1732, Westmoreland County, Colony of Virginia
Died: December 14, 1799 (age 67), Mount Vernon, Virginia
Washington served as the first President of the United States of
America (1789–1797), and led the Continental Army to victory over the
Kingdom of Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783).
What do you know about George Washington?
Chop down this quick quiz.
1. In 1754, Governor Robert Dinwiddie of Virginia
commissioned Washington a lieutenant colonel and ordered him to lead an
expedition to drive out the French. With his American Indian allies led
by Tanacharison, Washington and his troops ambushed a French scouting
party of some 30 men, led by Joseph Coulon de Jumonville. What was the
fort they were to take?
- Fort Duquesne
- Fort Pitt
- Fort Necessity
2. In 1755, Washington was an aide to a British
General on the ill-fated Monongahela expedition. This was a major effort
to retake the Ohio Country. While Braddock was killed and the expedition
ended in disaster, Washington distinguished himself as the Hero of the
Monongahela. Who was the British General?
- Nathan Hale
- Edward Braddock
- Edwin Carr
3. George Washington was introduced to Martha
Dandridge Custis, a widow who was living at the plantation on the south
shore of the Pamunkey River in New Kent County, Virginia, by friends of
Martha when George was on leave from the French and Indian War. George
only visited her home twice before proposing marriage to her 3 weeks
after they met. George and Martha were each 27 years old when they
married on January 6, 1759 at her home. What was the name of Martha's
- White House
- Grovers Corner
- Fairfax Acres
4. Congress created the Continental Army on June
14, 1775; the next day, on the nomination, Washington was appointed
Major General and elected by Congress to be Commander-in-chief. Who
nominated Washington to be the commander of the Continental Army?
- James Madison
- Thomas Jefferson
- John Adams
5. Washington's army camped at Valley Forge in
December 1777. How long did they staying there?
- Three months
- Six months
- Nine Months
6. Washington delivered the final blow in 1781,
after a French naval victory allowed American and French forces to trap
a British army in Virginia. The surrender at Pearl Harbor on October 17,
1781 marked the end of most fighting.
7. The Electoral College elected Washington
unanimously in 1789, and again in the 1792 election; he remains the only
president to receive 100% of the electoral votes.
8. As a young man, Washington had red hair. He
wore a wig, as was the fashion among some at the time.
9. On December 12, 1799, he spent several hours
inspecting his farms on horseback, in snow and later hail and freezing
rain. He sat down to dine that evening without changing his wet clothes.
The next morning, he awoke with a bad cold, fever and a throat infection
called quinsy that turned into acute laryngitis and pneumonia.
Washington died at his home, while attended by Dr. James Craik, one of
his closest friends, and Tobias Lear V, Washington's personal secretary.
Cause of death: Streptococcal infection, acute edema of the
10. Where is George Washington buried?
- Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
- Mount Vernon Estate, Mount Vernon, Virginia
- Washington Memorial, Washington, DC