"To draw such a line for the conduct of the President as will please
every body, I know is impossible..."
- Letter to James Madison, May 12, 1789
"Time and habit are at least as necessary to fix
the true character of givernments, as of other
human institutions; ...Liberty itself will find
in such a government, with powers properly
distributed and adjusted, its surest guardian."
|BORN||February 22, 1731,
Westmoreland County, Virginia|
|MARRIED||Martha Dandridge Custis (1732-1802),
January 6, 1759|
|CHILDREN||John and Martha Custis (adopted)|
|DIED||December 14, 1799,
at Mount Vernon, Virginia|
|EDUCATION||No formal education|
|- Officer in the French and Indian War
- Commander in Chief,
Continental Army, American Revolution
- President, Constitutional Convention|
|- The first tax laws were adopted
The Bill of Rights became law|
- Farewell Address, September 17, 1796
Gutzon Borglum, Sculptor of Mount Rushmore
"This is the work that I love most, this
intimate contact with the four men. As I
become engrossed in the features and
personality of each man, I feel myself
growing in stature, just as they did when
their characters grew and developed."
-New York Times Magazine, August 25, 1941
"Washington, as the guiding genius from
the time of our national conception, through
its struggle for life and the completion of its
Constitution, becomes the central part of
the great group."
- New York Herald Tribune, June 30, 1929
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