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Week of February 18, 2002

Happy Birthday George Washington!!!
Celebrate George Washington's Birthday on February 22 (1732)

P.S. Happy President's Day -- February 18, 2002


"Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth." -- George Washington wrote in a letter to James Madison on March 2, 1788.


George Washington at Trenton, New Jersey

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Abe is popping up all over Washington, D.C. He even sneaked his head into this artistic picture of the Washington Monument. The Washington Monument is a 555-feet obelisk honoring George Washington, the first President of the United States. Did you know if you are standing at the Washington Monument, you can see the Lincoln Memorial to the west, the White House to the north, the U.S. Capitol to the east, and the Jefferson Memorial to the south?

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Biography - George Washington: Founding Father
A&E Biography videos are a great way to learn about history and events. Enjoy this terrific and interesting A&E video about George Washington, the Founding Father. For other A&E videos, check out Thomas Jefferson: Philosopher of Freedom, and Benjamin Franklin: Citizen of the World.

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Question:
True or False:
George Washington was the first president to live in the White House.

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Did you know George Washington took his oath of office as the first President of the United States in New York City?

Yes, George Washington took his oath of office on April 30, 1789, on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City. Did you know...

he served two terms as President from 1789 to 1797?
his annual salary as president was $25,000?
he received 69 out of 69 electoral votes?
the population of the U.S. during his presidency was 3,929,214?
there were 16 states in the Union when he left office in 1797?

George Washington

George Washington, the Father of our country, is my hero. He was a strong leader of the Continental Army and a great President. When I was younger, I remember visiting Mount Vernon (Washington's home in Virginia) and learning so much about Washington as a person. I highly recommend visiting Mount Vernon to everyone interested in George Washington. -- Charlie from Rhode Island.


George Washington reviews the Continental Army

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Question:
Who was the first person to sign the U.S. Constitution? (Claudia M.)

Answer:
George Washington. In 1787, George Washington was chosen as the presiding officer of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Originally, the delegates gathered to revise the Articles of Confederation. However, they drafted a new document to govern the country. It is called the Constitution of the United States. As president of the convention, Washington was the first person to sign the document.

George Washington

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Question:
True or False:
George Washington was the first president to live in the White House.

Answer:
False.
George Washington was the only U.S. President who never lived in the White House. Washington was sworn in as president on April 30, 1789, and construction of the White House began in October, 1792. As president, Washington oversaw the construction of the White House, but he never lived in it. In 1800, John Adams, the second President, moved into the White House. Did you know Theodore Roosevelt officially called it the "White House" in 1901?

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