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The Death of George Washington

George Washington died in late 1799, two months shy of his 68th birthday. The Health of George Washington Anyone who had seen George Washington a few weeks before his death would have remarked how well the General looked. They would … Continue reading

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George Washington’s Farewell to His Officers

“An army of asses led by a lion is better than an army of lions led by an ass.” The Quote and the Sentiment The quote about asses (donkeys) and lions is frequently attributed to George Washington, but it is … Continue reading

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The Funeral of Dolley Madison: End of an Era

On July 19, 1849, the largest funeral procession ever held in Washington DC till that time, commemorated the life and death of its most popular resident. The Venerable Mrs. Madison Dolley Payne Madison was 81 when she died on July … Continue reading

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Saving Mount Vernon for the Ages

Sometimes when men can’t do it, women can. Mount Vernon When George Washington died in 1799, he willed his great estate to Martha, his widow, for the remainder of her life, which was not that long. She died in early … Continue reading

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George Washington: Officer and Gentleman

Of all the residents of 18th Century American Valhalla, George Washington was arguably the one whose character and demeanor were consistently above reproach. Braddock: The Making of An Officer The teenaged George Washington’s first career choice was the British Navy. … Continue reading

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George Washington and the Rules of Civility

If you visit any George Washington-related national site, the gift shop usually includes a slim volume of George Washington’s Rules of Civility. The Processes of 18th Century Education When George Washington was born in 1732, schools as we know them, … Continue reading

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George Washington and Smallpox

Smallpox was a dreaded contagious disease. If one survived, one could be scarred and disfigured for life. George Washington and his Brother Lawrence Augustine Washington died when his son George was eleven. He had four younger siblings. He also had … Continue reading

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