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George Washington, being one of the founding fathers of the United States of America, is one of the most inspiring personalities in the history of mankind. Many politicians still look up to his example of smart ruling and leading the country to glory.

George Washington was the first president to rule the United States, governing the country for almost 10 years. He was a fascinating personality and had largely contributed to making the U.S. a powerful country it is today.

The first president of the United States had an amazing life and stories about him and the years of his governance still astonish many people. Let’s learn top 7 most interesting facts.

  1. He Wasn’t Born on February 22, 1732.

George Washington birthday was declared the federal holiday by the Congress and is celebrated on the third Monday every February. But according to the state archives, George Washington’s birthday wasn’t on February 22, 1732. His actual date of birth was February 11, 1731, according to the Julian calendar, which was used at that time. But when the colonies switched to the Georgian calendar, his birthday was shifted a year and 11 days after.

  1. No White House for George Washington

George Washington was the only president who didn’t live in the White House, although he supervised the construction of it. The White House was finished in 1800, however, George Washington died a year earlier.

President Washington moved to several locations in Philadelphia but didn’t actually live in Washington D.C. He had many grand houses, where he received officials, members of Congress, guests from abroad.

  1. He Was Unanimously Elected

On the 4th of February 1789, the Electoral College unanimously chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States, receiving no votes against his candidacy. The same happened when George Washington was elected to his second presidential term. This fact makes him the most exceptional personality to ever rule the United States.

  1. He Promoted Neutrality Policy

Being a Commander-in-Chief of his country, President Washington chose to stay away from the unrest that was going on in the world at that time. In 1793 he issued the Proclamation of Neutrality, thus claiming that the United States wouldn’t participate in a war that was spreading in Europe.

He chose for his country to be “friendly and impartial”, which was severely criticized by his opponents. They claimed that Washington sold the “revolutionary spirit” of his nation to the greedy merchants, who only saw the profit. Nevertheless, Washington continued defending neutrality, which later set the tone for the U.S. foreign policy.

  1. He Never Had Children

George Washington was married to a widow Martha Dandridge Custis, who had two children with her late husband. President Washington parented Martha’s two children, John and Martha. But he never had children of his own.

The family lived in a house near Mount Vernon, which he considered his home. He loved his house and spend there as much time as he could. He also chose Mount Vernon to be the place where he was eventually buried.

  1. He Ordered to Free His Slaves After His Death

George Washington’s estate had 317 slaves. And although they all were the property of his wife Martha, in his will George Washington ordered to free the slaves.

But was the order carried out? Not exactly. “Washington’s wife Martha freed the slaves that belonged to her late husband, but because she was threatened, she couldn’t free all of them,” says Jordan Hayward, an educator from “As the result, some of her slaves remained in the family and were divided by her grandchildren upon her death.”

So does President Washington’s will to free his slaves make him an abolitionist? Hardly. Slavery was a normal phenomenon back in his days, and he still bought, sold and owned them as his property. Nevertheless, he was the first president ever desiring to free his shaves after his death.

  1. He Was the Proponent of Freedom

George Washington is known for speaking a lot about freedom of speech. One of his famous quotes is “If the freedom of speech is taken then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter”.

This quote actually has a very interesting story behind it. Back in Washington’s days, there was a newspaper called the National Gazette, published by Philip Freneau, who criticized Washington’s administration. Nevertheless, Washington never supported the so-called “controlled media”, but always encouraged the freedom of speech.

In Conclusion…

It’s also necessary to mention that George Washington didn’t have education, as his family simply couldn’t afford it. Nevertheless, he left a great legacy that contributed to the history of his country. He made contributions to the Declaration of Independence and due to his work, it all had a chance to happen. He was one of the greatest people to ever rule the United States and his influence is noticeable even today.