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(1732–99) US soldier and statesman, 1st President of the USA (1789–97). After serving as a soldier (1754–59) in the war against the French, Washington took part in two of the ...

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A Dictionary of Reference and Allusion (3 ed.)

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2010
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..., George [Hist.] ( 1732–99 ) The first president of the United States, serving from 1789 to 1797 . An early biographer of Washington, Mason Weems, recounted a fanciful story of how as a boy, on receiving a new hatchet, he chopped down his father's prized cherry tree. When his father asked how the tree had fallen, Washington was tempted to tell a lie, but then, ‘looking at his father with the sweet face of youth brightened with the inexpressible charm of all-conquering truth, he bravely cried out, “I can't tell a lie. I did cut it with my...

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World Encyclopedia

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..., George ( 1732–99 ) American general and statesman , commander in chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution ( 1775–83 ), and first president of the United States ( 1789–97 ). A wealthy Virginian, Washington fought with distinction in the last of the French and Indian Wars ( 1754–63 ). He served in both Continental Congresses ( 1774 , 1775 ), the latter appointing him commander in chief. Washington retired after securing victory over the British, but was recalled to preside over the Constitutional Convention at...

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J. A. Cannon

The Oxford Companion to British History (2 ed.)

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2015
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..., George ( 1732–99 ) . First president of the USA. Washington’s ancestors came from Northamptonshire and the first of the family to settle in Virginia was John, in 1657 . George Washington was his great-grandson. He inherited the Mount Vernon estate in 1752 when his half-brother died. His first military experience was gained in the Virginia militia, he was with Braddock when he was killed in 1755 , appointed commander of the Virginia forces at the age of 23, and elected to the state legislature. After attending the first and second continental...

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Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment

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...knew Washington during the Revolutionary War, put the synthesis of power, law, and rights at the center of his portrait of the man. “This is the seventh year that he has commanded the army and he has obeyed Congress: more need not be said.” [See also American Revolution and Constitution of the United States .] Brookhiser, Richard . Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington . New York, 1996. Moral biography after Plutarch. Flexner, James Thomas . George Washington. 4 vols. Boston, 1965–1972. Longmore, Paul K. The Invention of George Washington ....

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Scott E. Casper

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History

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...significantly the Papers of George Washington , edited since 1968 at the University of Virginia. [ See also Art ; Civil Religion ; Colonial Revival ; Constitution ; Drama and Theater ; Lit-erature ; Mount Vernon ; Peale, Charles Willson ; and Stuart, Gilbert . ] Bibliography Cunliffe, Marcus . George Washington: Man and Monument . Boston: Little, Brown, 1952. Lengel, Edward G. Inventing George Washington: America's Founder, in Myth & Memory . New York: Harper, 2011. Mitnick, Barbara J. , ed. George Washington: American Symbol . New York:...

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The Oxford Companion to American Military History

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...presidents still follow. [See also Commander in Chief, President as ; Revolutionary War: Military and Diplomatic Course .] Douglas Southall Freeman , George Washington , 7 vols., 1948–57. Marcus Cunliffe , George Washington: Man and Monument , 1958. James Thomas Flexner , George Washington , 4 vols., 1965–72. Edmund S. Morgan , The Genius of George Washington , 1980. Don Higginbotham , George Washington and the American Military Tradition , 1985. John E. Ferling , The First of Men , 1988. Don...

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A Dictionary of British History (3 ed.)

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2015
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..., George ( 1732–99 ). First president of the USA. Washington's ancestors came from Northamptonshire and settled in Virginia in 1657 . He inherited the Mount Vernon estate in 1752 when his half‐brother died. Washington's first military experience was gained in the Virginia militia. He was appointed commander of the Virginia forces at the age of 23, and elected to the state legislature. After attending the first and second continental congresses in 1774 and 1775 , he was elected commander of the congress forces. His first victory of any importance...

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Barbara A. Perry

The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States (2 ed.)

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...History of the Court: Establishment of the Union; Selection of Justices . Henry J. Abraham , Justices, Presidents, and Senators: A History of the U.S. Supreme Court Appointments from Washington to Clinton , rev. ed. (1999). Henry J. Abraham and Barbara A. Perry , The Father of Our Country as Court‐Packer‐in‐Chief: George Washington and the Supreme Court, in George Washington and the Origins of the American Presidency , edited by Mark J. Rozell , William D. Pederson , and Frank J. Williams (2000). Barbara A....

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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..., George ( 1732–1799 ) Revolutionary army officer and U.S. president . Born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, George Washington got his first military experience during the French and Indian War ( 1754–63 ). He won the conflict's first small engagement after he built Fort Necessity near Fort Pitt in 1754 , but soon had to surrender to a superior force. As an aide to Gen. Edward Braddock the next year, Washington organized an orderly retreat after the general was killed in the ambush that decimated his force. Washington commanded all...

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Willard Sterne Randall

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the American Enlightenment

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... Bibliography George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress 1741–99, http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/gwhtml/gwhome.html . The Papers of George Washington , ed. W. W. Abbot et al. (Washington, DC, 1983–). Writings by George Washington , ed. John R. Rhodehamel (New York, 2000). Further Reading Ferling, John E. The First of Men (New York, 1988). Fleming, Thomas The Perils of Peace (New York, 2007). Flexner, James Thomas . George Washington , 4 vols (Boston, 1965–72). Freeman, Douglas Southall . George Washington, A Biography , 7...

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Dick Cantwell

The Oxford Companion to Beer

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..., George . On the day New York was finally evacuated by the British army in November of 1783, George Washington stopped for a beer at the Bull’s Head Tavern on what is now the Bowery—one of many mentions of the first American president’s devotion to beer and its concerns. Modern hobbyists and beer enthusiasts are fond of citing Washington as an early practitioner of homebrewing, largely on the strength of a 1737 diary entry from when he served as a colonel in the Virginia militia. In the entry Washington outlines the brewing of a small beer. See small...

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The Oxford Guide to the United States Government

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2002
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...Dec. 14, 1799 , Mount Vernon, Va. George Washington was the victorious commander in chief of the American military during the revolutionary war, the presiding officer at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 , and the first President of the United States. Without Washington's leadership the country might have remained a British colony and evolved into a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations. And without Washington's work at the convention there would be no office of the Presidency as we know it today. George Washington was born on one of six plantations...

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Don Higginbotham

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History

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2013

...Battle of .] Bibliography Burns, James MacGregor , and Susan Dunn . George Washington . New York: Macmillan, 2004. Crutchfield, James A. George Washington: First in War, First in Peace . New York: Macmillan, 2009. Ellis, Joseph J. His Excellency: George Washington . New York: Random House Digital, 2005. Ferling, John . The Ascent of George Washington: The Hidden Political Genius of an American Icon . New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2010. Lengel, Edward G. General George Washington: A Military Life . New York: Random House Digital, 2005. Don...

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A Dictionary of World History (3 ed.)

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2015
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..., George ( 1732–99 ) US soldier and statesman, 1st President of the USA ( 1789–97 ) . After serving as a soldier (1754–59) in the war against the French, Washington took part in two of the three Continental Congresses held by the American colonies in revolt against British rule (1774 and 1775), and in 1775 was chosen as commander of the army raised by the colonists, the Continental Army. He served in that capacity throughout the War of Independence, bringing about the eventual American victory by keeping the army together through the bitter...

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Dorothy Twohig

The Oxford Companion to United States History

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2004
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... in 1798–1799 . Washington died at Mount Vernon, 14 December 1799 , and was buried on the estate. See also Adams, John ; Colonial Era ; Early Republic, Era of the ; Federal Government, Executive Branch: The Presidency ; Foreign Relations: U.S. Relations with Europe ; Revolution and Constitution, Era of ; Seven Years' War ; Washington's Farewell Address . James T. Flexner , George Washington , 4 vols., 1965–1972. W.W. Abbot , Dorothy Twohig , Philander D. Chase , Beverly H. Runge , eds., The Papers of George Washington , 45 vols. to date,...

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Dorothy Twohig

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Political and Legal History

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2013
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...Press, 1988. Flexner, James T. George Washington , 4 vols. Boston: Little, Brown, 1965–1972. Longmore, Paul K. The Invention of George Washington . Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988. Schwartz, Barry. George Washington: The Making of an American Symbol . New York: Collier Macmillan, 1987. Smith, Richard Norton. Patriarch . Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993. Dorothy...

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The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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...), Jared Sparks ( 1839 ), and Washington Irving (5 vols., 1855–59 ). An outstanding scholarly biography is Douglas Southall Freeman 's (6 vols., 1948–54 ). Even during his life Washington passed beyond the bounds of biography to become a heroic character in literature. The verse that eulogized him includes Trumbull 's M'Fingal ( 1782 ), Joel Barlow 's The Vision of Columbus ( 1787 ), John Blair Linn 's elegy The Death of Washington ( 1800 ), and Richard Alsop 's A Poem: Sacred to the Memory of George Washington ( 1800 ). In drama he appears as...

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Brewer's Famous Quotations

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2011
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...George Washington 1732 99 American 1st President Looking at his father with the sweet face of youth brightened with the inexpressible charm of all-conquering truth, he bravely cried out. ‘I can't tell a lie. I did cut it with my hatchet.’ Mason Locke Weems, Washington's first popular biographer, in The Life of George Washington: With Curious Anecdotes Equally Honorable to Himself and Exemplary to His Young Countrymen (1800). Sometimes remembered as, ‘Father, I cannot tell a lie. I did it with my little hatchet.’ When asked, as a boy, by his father, how...

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Oxford Dictionary of Political Quotations (4 ed.)

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2012
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...0George George Washington 1732 – 99 American statesman , 1st President of the US . On Washington: see byron , franklin , lee ; see also last words I can't tell a lie, Pa; you know I can't tell a lie. I did cut it with my hatchet. M. L. Weems Life of George Washington (10th ed., 1810) can't tell a lie cut it with my hatchet Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak and esteem to all. letter to the captains of the Virginia Regiments, July 1759 discipline is the soul soul of an ...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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2018
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...0George George Washington 1732 – 99 American statesman , 1st President 1789–97 Associate yourself with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company. ‘Rules of Civility’, written c .1745; Jared Sparks The Writings of George Washington (1833) vol. 2 Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak and esteem to all. letter to the captains of the Virginia Regiments, July 1759 The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the...

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